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Webinar: Best practices for managing documentation of surgical complications

With Beth Wolf, MD

Have you ever struggled with generating concise and compliant physician queries about surgical complications? Dr. Beth Wolf and Audrey Howard, RHIA guide you through the process for when and how […]

SDOH, ICD-10, and avoiding the M-word

May 6th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

In my last blog, I recommended checking out excerpts from the March ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance meeting. Those excerpts were written proposals for ICD-10 codes describing SDOH (Social Determinants of […]

ICD-10-CM Excludes 1 notations impact the bottom line

April 29th, 2019 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

While reading AAPC’s Healthcare Business Monthly, April 2019, I came across an article about problem lists by Mary Wood and Michael Warner. The authors include an example of a poorly […]

ICD-10 diagnosis coding: The impact of equivocal language

April 17th, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

Spring means different things depending on what part of the country you live in. For me, spring means melting snow, flowers and spring cleaning. This also seems like a good […]

How should we capture social determinants of health as coded data? CDC invites public comment on ICD-10 codes for SDOH

April 8th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

I’ve got a two-part (maybe three-part) homework assignment for you: Read a pair of proposals for new ICD-10 codes, presented at the March C&M meeting. They are each two pages […]

Parkinson’s Disease vs. Parkinsonism: Understanding the difference is essential for ICD-10 code assignment

March 25th, 2019 / By Pamela Ewing, CPC

What is Parkinson’s disease? It is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called the substantia nigra. The substantia nigra cells […]

ICD-10-PCS: Are we done playing catch-up?

March 11th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

AHA Coding Clinic’s Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) held its two-day winter session in February, and I participate on the EAB as part of 3M’s contract with CMS. As I was […]

A smart mix of audit types to maintain coding quality

February 27th, 2019 / By Kristine Daynes

Compliance requires exacting skills. HIM departments are expected to make sure patient care is appropriately documented, check for medical necessity, assign codes with ICD-10 specificity, identify conditions present on admission […]

The first nosologists: Classifying disease in 16th century London

February 22nd, 2019 / By Precious Porter, RN, BSN

2019 marks the 250th anniversary of the publication of Synopsis Nosologiae Methodicae, authored by the Scottish physician and professor William Cullen, which described a system for classifying disease based on […]

Winter injuries: Documenting to tell the story

January 25th, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

Welcome 2019! For me, this time of year means mostly freezing temperatures and snow, but I have Scandinavian blood and remind myself it’s the life I choose. I live in […]

‘Tis the season to be anxious

November 26th, 2018 / By Kimberly Lodge, RHIT, CCS

Anxiety is just part of the holiday season, but several different types of anxiety can be experienced during this time of year. Generalized Anxiety (F41.1) starts around Halloween, with just […]

Coding for abdominal pain should not give you a stomach ache

November 9th, 2018 / By Kelly Long, CPC

I have encountered many physician practices and facilities in my role as coding analyst that are often stumped on the actual language needed to support specific ICD-10 codes for abdominal […]