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.

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 […]

The real superheroes: children battling cancer

September 27th, 2019 / By Pamela Ewing, CPC

As kids begin the new school year, they are happy to see friends they missed over the summer. But some friends aren’t able to come back to school because of […]

ICD-10-PCS stocktaking discussion at the September C&M meeting

September 18th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

Classification systems like ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS are all about trade-offs—balancing the ongoing need for new levels of detail with the increasing complexity of the classification. PCS has its own unique […]

ICD-10-PCS root operations, the Definitional Lameness Scale, and the One Ring

September 11th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

Way back in the early days of ICD-10-PCS development, “root operation” was defined as “the objective of the procedure.” As definitions go, “the objective of the procedure” is about a […]

Waterfalls and data…don’t get submerged!

August 21st, 2019 / By Cheryl Manchenton, RN

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Iceland, the location of my daughter’s destination wedding (at the base of a waterfall!) What a marvelous country. Most surprising were the waterfalls […]

Webinar: Defining hospital-acquired infections (HAIs)

With Cheryl Manchenton, RN

In this webinar, Cheryl Manchenton addresses how hospital-acquired infections are defined.

E/M Final Rule: What your organization needs to do now

August 16th, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

Can you feel change in the air? Not only is fall just around the corner, but so is the CMS change to E/M documentation and payment. By now, most of […]

CMS and AMA: 2021 proposed changes to E/M outpatient services

August 14th, 2019 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

For those involved in coding and compliance, this is not the first time attempted changes to E/M rules have been proposed. Remember 1995 and 1997? Of course, I’m way too […]

Cycling across Iowa: Coding lessons from a week in the corn

August 12th, 2019 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

July was a weird month for me. I ended up taking vacation in July which I haven’t done since I was a student, oh so many years ago. I’m not […]

Article: Chart Conundrums: Be Mindful of PA Documentation

With Kelly Long, CPC

In her article, Kelly Long, CPC, discusses the importance of accurate and compliant physician assistant reimbursement.