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Practical know-how from 3M’s ICD-10 experts to help you succeed under ICD-10 – and capitalize on all that ICD-10 coded data.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why we should applaud the end of the ICD-10 grace period

September 14th, 2016 / By Rhonda Butler

Beginning October 1, the grace period ends for Medicare part B ICD-10 diagnosis coding. For those of you who heard the news but not the details, here is a quick […]

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 […]

ICD-10 and good government

August 15th, 2016 / By Rhonda Butler

My years of posting blog diatribes against the politics behind the ICD-10 implementation saga may have sent a confusing message regarding government (as distinguished from politics), so I would like […]

The ICD-10 saga—Lost years and hard lessons

August 10th, 2016 / By Richard Averill, MS

The August issue of the Journal of AHIMA features an article by Sue Bowman that chronicles the dire predictions of negative consequences that would ensue if the antiquated 30-year-old ICD-9-CM […]

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 […]