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Coding and Classification

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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 […]

Getting to the heart of cardiac coding

August 1st, 2016 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

Echocardiography is the study of the chambers, valves and major structures of the heart.  The CPT books give us specific direction about what to look for within the report to […]

ICD-10 coding challenge: The root operation Control

July 28th, 2016 / By Sue Belley, RHIA

CHALLENGE QUESTION A 72-year-old male presented to the Same Day Surgery unit of a local hospital for an aortogram with bilateral lower extremity run-off to investigate the feasibility of an […]

Computer-assisted coding: Keep your hands on the wheel

July 27th, 2016 / By Jason Mark

I’ve been fascinated lately watching several news stories about the Autopilot feature on Tesla’s electric automobiles. If you’re not familiar with this technology, it is essentially a computer-assisted driving mode […]

ICD-10: What Control is not

July 18th, 2016 / By Rhonda Butler

Warning: This blog may be pretty heavy going for non-coders. Possible side effects include, but are not limited to, uncontrolled eye-rolling, heavy-sigh-induced hypoxemia, facial tics and persistent vegetative state. If […]