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CMS Releases Files on 2018 ICD-10-CM Codes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 ICD-10-CM files last week, exciting many in the healthcare industry. The 2018 files contain information on the ICD-10-CM coding updates for the 2018 fiscal year. These 2018 ICD-10-CM codes are to be used for discharges occurring from Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018, […]

Optimizing the Monitoring of ICD-10 Coding Productivity

With the help of hindsight and data, we can now more accurately predict coding productivity and staffing needs. The run-up to ICD-10 had most of us very concerned, expecting to experience a decline in productivity of as much as 40 percent or more.   Early productivity reports, based on perceptions and/or small sample sizes, confirmed […]

Beyond Training: Mentoring Coding Professionals

As an ICD-10 trainer, five years ago I was knee-deep in instructor-led training. The landscape was exciting and new, and it was exhilarating to be part of training the coding workforce on an entirely new coding system.  Fast forward and here we are, almost two years into ICD-10 – and now it seems like old […]