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AHIMA Conference Continues to Inspire and Innovate

AHIMA conference programs include subjects designed to improve one’s proficiency in the areas of coding, documentation and compliance. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), holding its annual convention and exhibit in Los Angeles this week, has as a theme, “Inspire, Innovate and Lead.” It  is a joy to attend as the conference brings a […]

Industry Thought Leaders to be Featured during Live Broadcast from AHIMA Conference

ICD10monitor is producing a two-day series of broadcasts featuring industry thought leaders presenting at the AHIMA 2017 Conference in Los Angeles next week. ICD10monitor will be broadcasting live from the American Health Information Management (AHIMA) 2017 Conference in Los Angeles next week, with a long lineup of subject matter experts scheduled to deliver remarks on […]

Gloryanne Bryant: HIM Legacy Firmly Established

Toting boxes filled with plaques, awards, and photos earned from decades of professional advocacy, speaking, writing, and volunteer work in the field of health information management (HIM), Gloryanne Bryant soon will gather her personal effects, take the elevator from her Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente (KP) office down to the lobby, and step into a new role […]

Looking at new ICD-10-CM Codes for Blindness

A new set of codes was released for use beginning on Oct. 1, 2017. The category, H54, includes codes for blindness and low vision and with that brings many changes for documentation and coding. In 2013 the World Health Organization (WHO) campaigned for greater clarity in the reporting of blindness and low vision and with […]

What Was Missing at the ICD-10 C&M Meeting?

Much was covered during the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee (C&M) meeting last week at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) headquarters in Baltimore. The first striking item was that there were no procedure proposals made during this meeting. There was discussion about three root operations – creation, control, and extraction. The definition […]

Hurricanes Prompt Urgent Focus on Documenting Social Determinants of Health: Part II

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment in a two-part series on the coding and documenting of social determinants of health (SDoH). It comes on the heels of the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and their impact on victims and survivors in the flood-ravaged states of Texas and Florida. The effects of the recent […]

When Coding, Don’t Confuse Operation with Root Operation

EDITOR’S NOTE: During a recent Talk Ten Tuesdays, Candice, a listener, asked Erica Remer, MD a question about pyloromyotomy root operation. Dr. Remer’s response appears below. Paraphrased, the question posed centered on the notion that references previously recommended using dilation as a root operation because the intent of pyloromyotomy is to “open up.” Candice wondered […]

Warning: All Sepsis is Severe Sepsis

In the coding and clinical documentation community, we are still trying to sort out sepsis. In my previous article on this topic (https://www.icd10monitor.com/sepsis-then-and-now-how-the-oldest-disease-continues-to-plague-providers-part-ii), I made some recommendations on how to approach sepsis. We need to revisit this. We have now had some time to live with the Sepsis-3 criteria, established by the Third International Consensus […]

Hurricanes Prompt Urgent Focus on Documenting Social Determinants of Health: Part I

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series on the coding and documenting of social determinants of health (SdoH). It comes on the heels of the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and their impact on victims and survivors in the flood-ravaged cities of Texas and Florida. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma provide good […]

ICD-10 New Codes: Pressure Mounts as Deadline Approaches When New Codes Become Effective

Now it’s just a little less than three weeks until the beginning of October and when the fiscal year (FY) 2018 changes for ICD-10-CM take effect.  Here is a summary of the new changes for ICD-10-CM: 360 new code additions 142 deletions 250+ revisions The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a variety […]