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Practical know-how from 3M’s ICD-10 experts to help you succeed under ICD-10 – and capitalize on all that ICD-10 coded data.

Are you prepared for the solar eclipse…injury coding?

August 18th, 2017 / By Lisa Lanier

Are you ready for Monday’s solar eclipse? Are you in the path of totality? What time does it start in your area? Do you have your solar viewing glasses? What […]

2018 ICD-10 code update exercise: Consider the audience

August 11th, 2017 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

I am a member of a team that works directly with CMS on the yearly code update process for their National Coverage Determination policies (NCDs). Our team accesses, refines and […]

ICD-10 coding challenge: Extra-adrenal pheochromocytoma

July 24th, 2017 / By Sue Belley, RHIA

A 62-year old female presented to the Emergency Department with a chief complaint of severe headaches that had been worsening in intensity/frequency over the past three weeks. The patient was […]

The ICD-10 thaw, part 2: The FY 2018 ICD-10-PCS update

July 21st, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

The ICD-10-PCS FY 2018 update was posted on the CMS website in the second half of May, and contains the changes to PCS that go into effect on October 1. […]

Global surgery visits: New requirements to bill Medicare

June 26th, 2017 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

This month, Inside Angle blogger Rebecca Caux-Harry discusses E/M coding guidelines with Andee Andriole, 3M senior manager of outpatient consulting services. Andee: So, I guess we need to start thinking […]

Understanding ICD-10 data: What the root operations can (and can’t) tell you

June 23rd, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

In my last blog I said that the ICD-10-PCS root operations are not created equal—some are narrowly defined, and some have “wiggle room” in their definitions. By “narrowly defined,” I […]

Coding for meaningful data: ICD-10-PCS root operations

May 24th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

Root operations are core concepts at the heart of the ICD-10-PCS classification (PCS for short). Root operations are not created equal—some are more narrowly defined than others. It would be […]

Where does it hurt…specifically?

April 24th, 2017 / By Jason Mark

Over our last few posts, fellow blogger Clarissa George and I have been exploring unspecified coding. It’s been interesting to pick apart this problem. Unspecified coding isn’t new and sometimes […]

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 […]

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 […]