Inside Angle

From 3M Health Information Systems

Topic: Coding and Classification

Straight from our coding experts, the latest regulatory guidelines and best practice tips for anyone who thinks in alphanumeric characters.

Behind the code: Homelessness Z59.0

December 4th, 2019 / By Jean Jones, CPC

I was on an internal 3M call recently, listening to the engineers as they were developing ICD-10 codes for the Z59 series—problems related to housing and economic circumstances.  Coincidentally, my […]

Thanksgiving Day is National Family Health History Awareness Day

November 25th, 2019 / By Kelly Long, CPC

The Surgeon General of the United States created this initiative in 2004 as a way for families to share their health histories as they gather around the table, watch the […]

ICD-10 coding for vaping and e-cigarette related illness

November 22nd, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

Vaping has become a very hot topic recently, due to the rapid increase of patients showing up at physicians’ offices and ERs with lung injuries.  The Centers for Disease Control […]

Coding mitral valve disease

November 15th, 2019 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

Last month, I wrote about accurate coding for aortic valve disease. This month, we’ll look at coding for mitral valve disease. The mitral valve is located in the left side […]

Article: Billing and coding: Compliant coding and documentation for physician assistants

With Kelly Long, CPC

Physician assistants are reimbursed under strict guidelines established by Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and commercial payers, making it critical that coding and billing of PA services is accurate, complete, and compliant. […]

It’s fall and the 2020 ICD-10 changes have arrived

November 6th, 2019 / By Allison Morgan, MS, CPC

The coders version of the fall equinox has arrived with 2020 ICD-10 changes taking effect as of October 1. While mother nature herself is cooling down and we all get […]

Surgical coding errors: The cost of incorrect CPT coding

November 1st, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

I find surgical coding to be challenging, but in a good way. I love a good challenge when it’s related to technology, coding or figuring out exactly what procedures a […]

Webinar: A Close Look at the FY 2020 IPPS Final Rule

With Cheryl Manchenton, RN

How will the FY 2020 IPPS Final Rule affect your organization’s quality performance? What can you do to prepare? Review our webinar to learn about changes affecting hospital-acquired conditions, patient […]

A look ahead to 2020 CPT changes

October 23rd, 2019 / By Danielle Pavloski

Each year the American Medical Association (AMA) releases the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set changes for the upcoming year. For CPT 2020, the changes were released on September 4, […]

HCPCS update reminder: Billing for amniotic membrane

October 18th, 2019 / By Camille Ruiz, RHIA

It’s that time of year, coders, when many of us are attending webinars on 2020 Coding updates. For outpatient hospital coders and CDM staff, this will include ICD-10-CM/PCS as well […]

Coding aortic valve disease

October 9th, 2019 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

There are four valves in the heart that separate either the heart chambers from each other, or separate blood flow from heart blood flow.  They are, in the left heart, […]

Getting ready for fall? Or did you take a fall?

October 4th, 2019 / By Cecilia Charles, RHIA

The summer months have passed us by and autumn is here which means flu and cold season is upon us. But wait, we are just beginning to heal from the […]