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.

A look back at popular blogs of 2018

December 17th, 2018

Thank you to all the readers of the Inside Angle blog! As we look ahead to 2019, here are some of our most popular blogs of the year:    “CPT […]

Migraines part 1: Seriously…It’s not just a headache

December 12th, 2018 / By Debra Jones, CPC

I am a migraineur| \mē-gre-ˈnər or mī-grā-ˈnər\. Merriam-Webster’s definition of a migraineur is an individual who experiences migraines. To me the word sounds like a cross between migraine and entrepreneur: […]

Coding productivity and accuracy: An action plan for improvement

December 10th, 2018 / By Katie Kitchen, CPC

Throughout my career in coding, whether it was as a production coder, a coding supervisor, or my current role as an analyst, there has always been great discussion and debate […]

The growing obesity epidemic: What to do about outpatient obesity denials?

November 21st, 2018 / By Camille Ruiz, RHIA

As I look forward to pulling the turkey out of the oven tomorrow and placing it on the table between the gravy and the green bean casserole, I’m reminded of […]

Strategies to avoid copy-paste abuse

November 19th, 2018 / By Sheldon Barlow

With the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), many healthcare organizations are seeing a dramatic increase in the use of the copy and paste feature. There are numerous tools and […]

CMS finalizes E/M changes in its “Dear Clinician” letter

November 12th, 2018 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

On November 8, 2018 CMS released its Dear Clinician letter providing final decisions on the proposed Evaluation and Management coding changes discussed in a previous blog. The letter is a […]

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 […]

Do you have policies and procedures for interpreting coding guidelines?

November 7th, 2018 / By Sheldon Barlow

Through my work as an auditor and clinical documentation improvement consultant, I have seen firsthand how healthcare organizations are structured and operate. While every organization is unique, they all have […]

It’s time to step up our ICD-10 education for providers

November 2nd, 2018 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

One of the many benefits of working for a nation-wide company is visibility into payer actions from coast to coast. Our many customers send us comments about payer actions and […]

Evaluation and management has come full circle

October 31st, 2018 / By Jean Jones, CPC

I have been in the highly regulated healthcare industry for all my adult life—27 years to be exact. Part of what I love about being in health care is the […]

Article: Coding Corner: Getting Specific With Unlisted CPT Codes

With Karla VonEschen, CPC

Correct use of unlisted CPT codes is one of the more confusing aspects of CPT coding for both coders and physicians. In her article, Karla VonEschen provides guidance.

Webinar: New IPPS update drives changes for quality initiatives

With Cheryl Manchenton, RN

Want to make sure you are up-to-speed on FY 2019 ICD-10-CM coding updates? Don’t miss this webinar from Cheryl Manchenton and Audrey Howard.