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Editorial: The Need for Mentoring and Training

Author: Brownfield, Cathy

Source: CodeWrite

Publication Date: October 2015




The current demand for coders is extremely high, making it more important than ever for new coders to enter our industry. Many of us are asked, "How do I get into coding?" We then see posts on message boards from students who just graduated saying they can't find a job because they ha....

Rare and Unlikely ICD-10 Codes are Needed

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015


This summer, if you listened very closely, you could almost hear a vast chorus of coders saying “I told you so,” after a freak accident alarmed local boaters in Southern California. On June 21, an over-excited dolphin accidentally jumped into a California family’s speed boat and broke both ankl....

Physician Coding Toolkit

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA toolkit

Publication Date: September 2015

This provider practice coding toolkit provides multiple tools and resources to help providers successfully navigate through the many changes in today’s healthcare environment.

ICD-10-CM/PCS Documentation Tips

Author: AHIMA CDI Workgroup

Source: AHIMA Task Force

Publication Date: September 2015

A large library of CDI ICD-10 documentation tips focusing on the language and/or wording that will garnish greater details and specificity of the coded data for a given diagnosis, condition, disease and/or surgical procedure.

Clinical Documentation Improvement in the Outpatient Setting

Author: Arrowood, Danita; Johnson, Laurie M.; Wieczorek, Michelle M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2015



Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs have proven their worth with over a decade of success and continued role expansion in the inpatient setting. As the healthcare industry prepares for new initiatives such as value-based purchasing, electronic health records (EHRs), and ICD-1....

Injection and Infusion Coding Offers High Stakes: Outpatient Coders Must Play Their Cards Right

Author: Flewelling, Charles

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2015



With the consistently rising value of highly skilled outpatient coders, numerous HIM departments are moving to a staffing model that employs coding professionals who are well versed in coding both inpatient and outpatient encounters. Coders in the profession today should possess a mastery....

Final Push to ICD-10 Implementation

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2015



Chills run up and down my spine as I write this article, knowing how hard we have worked as a profession, association, and industry to get to this red letter date for ICD-10-CM/PCS.


Just before I wrote this column, I was on the edge of my seat along with the rest of indust....

A Relook at POA Indicators

Author: Martin, Ginny

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: May 2015



Accurate assignment of the present on admission (POA) indicator has new significance with the inception of value-based purchasing (VBP). Coding and the supporting medical record documentation are being used to identify the hospital-acquired conditions and patient safety indicators on whic....

Malignancy: Aftercare or Follow-Up?

Author: Parman, Cindy C

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: May 2015




Physician documentation has always supported accurate diagnosis code reporting, but never more so than with the transition to ICD-10-CM codes. Specific terminology and the use of key words and phrases is essential, especially with terms such as "aftercare" and "follow-up," which phy....

CPT Updates for CY 2015

Author: Buttner, Patty

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2015



On January 1, 2015, the updates to the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) went into effect. The updates include 276 new codes, including three new Category II codes and 39 new Category III codes. There are a total of 129 revised codes and 137 deleted codes....

Recovery Audit Program Changes

Author: Wilson, Donna D

Source: CodeWrite

Publication Date: February 2015



Editor's note: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed the commencement of work under the Recovery Audit contract for durable medical equipment (DME), home health (HH), and hospice reviews. For more information and further updates on this new development, please s....

Year in Review: Highlights from 2014

Author: Sheber, Sarah

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2014



The Journal of AHIMA’s ongoing web series “HIM Frontlines,” explores pressing obstacles that health information management (HIM) professionals encounter in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Major federal initiativs such as the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program, HITECH-HIPAA,....

Cost of Converting Small Physician Practices to ICD-10 Much Lower than Reported

Author: Kravis, Thomas C; Belley, Susan; Smith, Donna; Averill, Richard F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 2014




The controversial delay of ICD-10 implementation was based in part on the perceived time, cost and lost productivity for physician offices to perform the necessary assessment, training, software conversions, testing and “super bill” updates.1 Current evidence suggests that....

Setting the Facts Straight About ICD-10: What Physicians Need to Know About the Transition

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy

Publication Date: November 2014

While many organizations see the benefits of using ICD-10, including the ability to capture more detailed information, others have concerns, including the costs of implementation. Despite the significant amount of information that has been published about ICD-10 during the last 10 years, many misconceptions persist today. The information below covers basic facts about the ICD-10 transition that are of particular interest to the physician community.

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