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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 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, […]

Postscript: What are codes for anyway?

March 29th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

In my last blog, my inner imp and I tussled over whether ICD-10 codes are still worth the trouble. Bottom line—they are, because codes allow us to highlight key pieces […]

ICD-10: What about specificity and reimbursement?

March 17th, 2017 / By Clarissa George

In a recent blog, my colleague Jason Mark examined specificity with Atrial Fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) to see if there are noticeable shifts in the specificity of codes being used under ICD-10. […]

HIMagine That: Coding in Canada

March 10th, 2017 / By Sue Belley, RHIA, Donna Smith, RHIA

Donna: Eh Sue. What did you think of our experience in Canada reviewing charts for accurate coding? Sue: I would say that they have a similar challenge to ours in […]

Case study: University of Utah Health Care

To raise the bar on performance, University of Utah Health Care analyzed and transformed high-quality data into actionable intelligence.

Article: Four elements of a successful CDI program

Complete and accurate documentation is critical to improving key performance indicators for both hospitals and physicians. 3M’s Dr. Michael Powell outlines four essential components of a successful CDI initiative.

ICD-10 coding challenge: Removal of lymph node tissue

March 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. CHALLENGE QUESTION Patient had a melanoma of the […]

Are we being more specific?

February 27th, 2017 / By Jason Mark

One of the main drivers for moving to ICD-10 was increased coding specificity. When the switch took place, however, it was acknowledged that it might still take some time for […]