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CDI: Is Your Toolkit Well Stocked?

Hospital services must positively contribute to the revenue cycle and clinical documentation integrity initiatives. A recent outlook report released by Moody’s Investors Services spells continued ongoing financial challenges for non-profit hospitals next year. (Moody’s Survey) The firm downgrade the sector from its current stable status to negative for 2018, attributable to a wide variety of […]

Cardiovascular and Vascular Interventional Radiology Specialization Improves Coding Performance

Product Headline: 2018 Cardiology Reimbursement & Compliance Update Product Image: Product Link: Learn more A deep dive into the “toughest type of coding. While you may have dedicated CPT® coders for interventional cardiology (IC) and vascular interventional radiology (VIR) for outpatient coding, you may not have considered the importance of doing the same for inpatient […]

ICD-10 Coding: Three Ways to Improve Quality: Consistency, Collaboration, and Education

Quality coding plays a critical role in protecting revenue and reducing operational costs. Results of the 2nd Annual National Coding Productivity and Accuracy Contest were released in September 2017. Although accuracy rates were higher than reported following the same contest in 2016, quality remains significantly low compared to the 95 percent benchmark established in ICD-9. […]

MACRA, MIPS, and APMs: Why is CDI an Essential Ingredient to the Alphabet Soup?

Quality of clinical documentation and ICD-10 diagnosis code accuracy and specificity are essential under MACRA. My presentation at the 2017 American Health Information Management (AHIMA) convention stressed the need for understanding a basic overview of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its performance categories. These performance categories and quality measures are important […]

Coding Diabetes: Time to Look at the Coding Guidelines Again

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, prompting coders to review the coding guidelines for this disease suffered by more than 10.9 million U.S. residents. During November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is raising awareness about diabetes, diabetic eye disease, the importance of early disease detection, and related preventive health services covered by […]

COPD, Sepsis Among Conditions Creating Coding Dilemmas in New AHA Coding Clinic

AHA Fourth Quarter Coding Clinic identifies problematic diagnosis codes. Hopefully the subject of the most recently published Coding Clinic will not be too scary to discuss. It is effective for discharges from Oct. 1, 2017 forward. The majority of this issue (94 of the 111 pages) provides some background to the new and revised ICD-10-CM/PCS […]

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 […]