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.

HCCs: The importance of coders

July 26th, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

After attending an AAPC presentation last year, I published a blog about HCC coding. Since then, I have continued to dive into the world of HCCs. To follow up on […]

The symptoms of poor clinical indications in professional coding

July 19th, 2019 / By Allison Morgan, MS, CPC

During a recent webinar I attended, participants were asked about their biggest documentation challenge as professional coders. Almost half of the attendees reported that vague or absent language in the […]

Summer is here: Don’t get burned by medical coding staff shortages

July 12th, 2019 / By Stacie Silvia, RHIT, CCS

Summer is a great time to relax and unwind with family and friends, but coding departments can feel overwhelmed with multiple time-off requests. We all want and need some downtime, […]

ICD-10, FY 2020, and the weirdness of time

July 8th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

For those of us facing “maturity,” when we were growing up the year 2020 seemed an impossibly exotic thing, the stuff of science fiction. Time has flown like a freaking […]

Article: 2020 IPPS proposed rule brings potential MS-DRG changes

With Rhonda Butler

This article from Rhonda Butler details the 2020 IPPS proposed rule and highlights noteworthy proposed changes.

Updates to E/M guidelines will reflect modern health care

July 1st, 2019 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

In the morning, while getting ready for work, I listen to the radio. It’s the same program I’ve listened to for over 20 years. Normally, I “tune out” when commercials […]

eGuide: What makes an effective coding quality program?

Could your coding quality program use some work? Review best practices for creating an optimal program.

Webinar: Improving patient care through the capture of HCC diagnoses in observation patients

Hear from HIM professionals at Atrium Health about how an initiative to ensure complete HCC capture and documentation has improved patient care at their health system.

Infographic: Navigating the changing coder landscape, part 2

How three organizations are managing staffing challenges and coding overload with outsourced coding services.

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Advice for the aspiring coder

June 14th, 2019 / By Cecilia Charles, RHIA

Can you remember when you began your journey in the HIM coding world? Well, it’s truly been a while for me. Over the years, I have been a leader, instructor […]

Radiology documentation: Maximizing revenue and reducing risk

May 29th, 2019 / By Katie Kitchen, CPC

From my previous blogs, you know that I am a huge proponent of computer-assisted coding (CAC). Some of the key goals of CAC utilization are increased productivity, maximizing reimbursement and […]

E/M codes: AMA keeps pace with CMS

May 24th, 2019 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

In March, the American Medical Association (AMA) published their CPT Editorial Summary of Panel Action February 2019.  The summary warns that final CPT codes and descriptors are still in draft […]