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Coding and Classification

Straight from our coding experts, the latest regulatory guidelines and best practice tips for anyone who thinks in alphanumeric characters.

Just a little fender bender? How coding changes affect readmission scores

October 12th, 2016 / By Cheryl Manchenton

So, that minor fender bender? When you take your car into the shop, sometimes there is much more damage under the fender than previously thought. Sometimes changes to the official […]

Webinar: Sepsis – The new CMS Core Measure. Is your organization ready?

Krysten Brooks outlines exactly how and when to recognize, diagnose and code sepsis, so that your organization can be prepared to meet the CMS Core Measure requirements.

Are ICD-10-CM coding guideline 19 and clinical validity diametrically opposed?

October 7th, 2016 / By Sue Belley, RHIA, Cheryl Manchenton, Donna Smith, RHIA

Cheryl:  Hey fellow bloggers, have you heard what people are saying about the new ICD-10-CM coding guideline 19? Sue: I’ve heard a few things. . . Donna: There’s certainly a […]

Connecting the pieces of the CAC puzzle

October 5th, 2016 / By Clarissa George

Have you ever spent time putting together a puzzle only to find out you are missing one or two essential pieces? Few things are more frustrating than an almost masterpiece […]

ICD-10 coding challenge: Epistaxis

September 30th, 2016 / By Sue Belley, RHIA

Epistaxis, or nasal bleeding, is a common occurrence and has been reported in up to 60 percent of the population. In many instances it is minor or self-limiting and persons […]

Time-based E/M coding: When the guidelines don’t fit

September 28th, 2016 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

This month, Inside Angle blogger Rebecca Caux-Harry discusses E/M coding guidelines with Andee Andriole, 3M senior manager of outpatient consulting services. Andee: Hey Rebecca, I was just reading some of […]

Newton’s Third Law and ICD-10: Code changes potentially impacting quality outcomes – Part 2

September 19th, 2016 / By Cheryl Manchenton

I have to give Sir Isaac Newton and his Third Law of Motion a nod: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Does this law apply to […]

2017 ICD-10-CM Coding Guideline 19 Deserves Attention

September 6th, 2016 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

The 2017 ICD-10 CM-Guidelines were released in August by the CDC.  There are several noteworthy changes but the one that blew me away is Guideline No. 19. First though, the […]

ICD-10 coding challenge: Gymnastic injury

August 31st, 2016 / By Sue Belley, RHIA

CHALLENGE QUESTION I am sure many of you watched the games in Rio a few weeks ago. If so, you saw some amazing performances as well as some tumbles and […]

“What a Difference A Day Makes”-The coding changes and rules affecting quality

August 24th, 2016 / By Cheryl Manchenton

I had the pleasure of attending another couple of conferences lately where I heard some whispered statements such as “Did you hear about all the new codes? Who needs this […]

HIMagine That: Non-OR procedures

August 22nd, 2016 / By Sue Belley, RHIA, Donna Smith, RHIA

Donna: Hi Sue. Have you had a chance to read through the FY 2017 Final Rule since our last chat? Sue: I haven’t read all 2,434 pages if that’s what […]

Smartphones and computer-assisted coding

August 11th, 2016 / By Clarissa George

When I entered my major’s program in college, I decided I could no longer go without a smartphone. Up until that point, I had gotten by with just a regular […]