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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.

Coding for meaningful data: ICD-10-PCS root operations

May 24th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

Root operations are core concepts at the heart of the ICD-10-PCS classification (PCS for short). Root operations are not created equal—some are more narrowly defined than others. It would be […]

Coding with Modifiers, Part 1: Modifier 24 made easy

May 19th, 2017 / By Camille Ruiz, RHIA

My colleagues and I were discussing the idea that modifiers have the most room for interpretation by professional fee coders, prompting a three-part blog series covering modifiers 24, 25 and […]

Changes to CPT coding for sedation

May 8th, 2017 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

The CPT changes for 2017 brought a surprise, at least for me. You may have noticed a trend over the last several years of consolidation within the codeset. When two […]

Article: HCC Accuracy: A Crucial Factor in the Value Equation

With Donna Smith, RHIA

HCCs are not new, but many organizations are only starting to recognize their importance. 3M’s Donna Smith dives into how to manage HCCs in her new article.

HIMagine That: The problem list is a problem

May 1st, 2017 / By Donna Smith, RHIA, Sue Belley, RHIA

Donna: Hi, Sue! Do you ever see something on a problem list that isn’t correct? Sue: Yes, often!  You know I always say, “The problem list is a problem.” Donna: […]

Important coding update from CMS: New mandated reporting for Global Surgical Values

April 28th, 2017 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

This month, I had planned to share some good news on population health, but that will have to wait until next month. I literally just got off a call with […]

Where does it hurt…specifically?

April 24th, 2017 / By Jason Mark

Over our last few posts, fellow blogger Clarissa George and I have been exploring unspecified coding. It’s been interesting to pick apart this problem. Unspecified coding isn’t new and sometimes […]

Coding for meaningful data and the limitations of “correct coding”

April 10th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

When coders say “coding is an art,” they don’t mean art—they don’t imagine themselves creating little medical record haiku. Describing coding as an art is a way of saying that […]

What are codes for, really? Research and quality, or money, money, and more money?

April 7th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

Codes and coding are back in the headlines. A recent in-depth New York Times article examines the labyrinth of coding and billing, and asserts that coding is one reason for […]

Article: Reporting Mammograms for Medicare Patients

With Barbara Aubry, RN

For 2017, the American Medical Association (AMA) introduced three replacement codes to report mammography. Find out what they are in this article from Barbara Aubry.

ICD-10 coding challenge: Ethyl alcohol poisoning

April 3rd, 2017 / By Sue Belley, RHIA

Julia Palmer, project manager with the consulting services business of 3M Health Information Systems, is author of this month’s coding challenge blog. A mother brought her five-year-old daughter to the […]

E/M coding: Can we agree to disagree?

March 31st, 2017 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

In the past, I’ve written several blogs about the complexity of E/M coding and how to find your way through. The first step is to establish the place of service, […]