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800 ICD-10 CM Code Updates in < 500 words

Posted by Kim Zapf, RHIA, CCS, Manager, Education on Sep 21, 2017 8:16:15 AM

It’s that time of year again! Time for the ICD-10 CM code updates. The new codes will go into effect with 10/1/17 discharges. There are over 800 changes this year in ICD-10 CM alone! 350+ new codes have been added, 225+ codes revised and 142 codes deleted along with some updates to the Official Coding Guidelines. Quite a few new sub terms were added and changes to Excludes 1 and Excludes 2 notes made so you will want to read these when selecting your code.

Topics: ICD-10

ICD-10 QUICK TIPS: Back to School Bugs Part II: Rhinovirus vs. Enterovirus

Posted by National Compliance and Quality Audit Team on Sep 18, 2017 8:08:08 AM

This week's post comes from National Compliance and Quality Audit Manager, Sharon Nichols, BSBEB, RHIT, CCS, CHTS-TR.

Topics: ICD-10, Coding

Bringing Physician Practice Coding Under the HIM Umbrella

Posted by Marna Witmer, RHIA, Director HIM Operations on Sep 7, 2017 9:04:51 AM

The landscape of physician coding changed dramatically in 2015 with the implementation of ICD-10 and MACRA. This coupled with the continued trend of health systems acquiring physican practices has put a greater emphasis on coding of professional services. These factors have contributed to many organizations choosing to integrate phyisican coding into their HIM department.  

Topics: Coding

Upcoming 2018 Cancer Registry Changes

Posted by Gina McNellis, Senior Manager Cancer Registry on Sep 5, 2017 9:05:29 AM

Before we know it 2017 will be wrapping up and 2018 will be upon us. 2018 promises to be a year of change for cancer registry. I believe life favors the prepared so I made a list of projected changes that will hit in the new year. Hopefully this will get you jump started for what is ahead!

 

Topics: Cancer Registry

Webinar: How to Improve Coding Compliance and Gain Physician Buy-In

Posted by Samantha Champagnie on Aug 29, 2017 9:43:46 AM

Hello himagine blog subscribers! I thought you would be interested in registering for a webinar we are hosting on September 13th. As part of our "Learn from the Pros" series, the session is titled "How to Improve Coding Compliance and Gain Physician Buy-In" and will be hosted by Carla Cashio, Executive Director, Chief Compliance Officer at DeKalb Medical and myself. 

Topics: Coding Services

More than just HCC's: 6 Best Practices for Outpatient CDI

With the current CDI trends shifting from inpatient to outpatient procedures, many facilities are focusing their efforts on Hierarchical Condition Codes (HCC's) as the move to value based care and risk adjustment models continues to evolve. If you are considering implementing an outpatient CDI program you must address gaps in multiple areas, not just HCC's, to optimize your approach. Here is a summary of areas that need to be addressed.

Topics: CDI

ICD-10 QUICK TIPS: Back to School Bugs Part I: What a Pretty Pink Eye you have!

Posted by National Compliance and Quality Audit Team on Aug 17, 2017 8:34:10 AM

This week's post comes from National Compliance and Quality Audit Manager, Sharon Nichols, BSBEB, RHIT, CCS, CHTS-TR.

Topics: ICD-10, Coding

Maximizing resources for ICD-10 coding audits

Posted by admin on Aug 15, 2017 9:09:22 AM

by Julia Hammerman, Director of Education and Compliance, and Sam Champagnie, Senior Director, HIM Operations

The newness and specificity of ICD-10 ushered in a stronger focus on clinical coding audits. From internal reviews to external coding audits, healthcare organiza­tions nationwide are revisiting tried-and-true audit practices with ICD-10 coding quality in mind. Diagno­sis-related group (DRG) validation audits under ICD-10 have also become more strategic to realize revenue cycle success.

Topics: Coding, Audit

Coding Corner: Vaccination Sticking Points

Posted by Barbara A. Taylor, RHIA on Aug 9, 2017 9:01:46 AM

Vaccinations are not only for children. For adults, many childhood vaccinations may have worn off and no longer provide the necessary protection. Also, new vaccines emerge over the years.

Podcast: Insights on ICD-11 and Value Based Care

Posted by admin on Aug 1, 2017 8:03:14 AM

Recently, our CEO, Michael DiMarco, sat down with Lisa Towers, Managing Editor of HFMA, as part of HFMA's Voices of Healthcare Finance podcast series. During this podcast, Michael and Lisa discuss the transition to ICD-10, a forecast for ICD-11, and how the gradual move to value based care impacts the revenue cycle.

Topics: ICD-10