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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.

“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 […]

Medical device replacements and the OIG

July 13th, 2016 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

Seems little in health care is straightforward.  An area that I’ve often found confusing has become even more complex: Accurately reporting medical devices. To meet CMS regulations, not only do […]

ICD-10 and DRG shifts: Your questions answered

July 11th, 2016 / By Cheryl Manchenton, Donna Smith, RHIA

Cheryl:  So Donna, I have been getting a lot of questions from clients about ICD-10-CM and PCS lately. I was in elementary school when the last code switch occurred.  Can […]

HIMagine That: In control with ICD-10

July 6th, 2016 / By Donna Smith, RHIA, Sue Belley, RHIA

Donna:  Hi, Sue – how was your 4th of July holiday weekend? Sue:  Full of fireworks and time with my family. Hope yours was good as well! Donna:  I had […]

ICD-10 coding challenge: Opioid induced constipation

June 29th, 2016 / By Sue Belley, RHIA

CHALLENGE QUESTION A 65 year-old male was admitted to the hospital with an acute myocardial infarction of left anterior descending coronary artery. The patient was in cardiogenic shock and an […]

The OIG turns their attention to Provider-Based Clinics

June 27th, 2016 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

I have always wondered why the reimbursement for services provided at a Provider-Based Clinic (PBC) was higher (often more than 50 percent higher) than the same services provided at a […]