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Topic: ICD-10

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.

ICD-10 diagnosis coding: The impact of equivocal language

April 17th, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

Spring means different things depending on what part of the country you live in. For me, spring means melting snow, flowers and spring cleaning. This also seems like a good […]

How should we capture social determinants of health as coded data? CDC invites public comment on ICD-10 codes for SDOH

April 8th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

I’ve got a two-part (maybe three-part) homework assignment for you: Read a pair of proposals for new ICD-10 codes, presented at the March C&M meeting. They are each two pages […]

Parkinson’s Disease vs. Parkinsonism: Understanding the difference is essential for ICD-10 code assignment

March 25th, 2019 / By Pamela Ewing, CPC

What is Parkinson’s disease? It is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called the substantia nigra. The substantia nigra cells […]

ICD-10-PCS: Are we done playing catch-up?

March 11th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

AHA Coding Clinic’s Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) held its two-day winter session in February, and I participate on the EAB as part of 3M’s contract with CMS. As I was […]

The first nosologists: Classifying disease in 16th century London

February 22nd, 2019 / By Precious Porter, RN, BSN

2019 marks the 250th anniversary of the publication of Synopsis Nosologiae Methodicae, authored by the Scottish physician and professor William Cullen, which described a system for classifying disease based on […]

Winter injuries: Documenting to tell the story

January 25th, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

Welcome 2019! For me, this time of year means mostly freezing temperatures and snow, but I have Scandinavian blood and remind myself it’s the life I choose. I live in […]

Extra codes vs. creeping complexity in the ICD-10-PCS tables

January 11th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

Geek alert: If you are one of those people who don’t want to know how sausages and legislation are made, you may want to skip this blog. It is pretty […]

‘Tis the season to be anxious

November 26th, 2018 / By Kimberly Lodge, RHIT, CCS

Anxiety is just part of the holiday season, but several different types of anxiety can be experienced during this time of year. Generalized Anxiety (F41.1) starts around Halloween, with just […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Thinking about ICD-11: It’s not too early (Or, at least, it shouldn’t be)

October 12th, 2018 / By Rhonda Butler

I highly recommend watching Donna Pickett’s ICD-11 presentation, given at the September 12 morning session of the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance (C&M) meeting in Baltimore. The link to the YouTube […]