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What’s the Difference? SNOMED CT and ICD Systems are Suited for Different Purposes

Author: Stearns, Mike; Fuller, Jan C.

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

Publication Date: November 2014



The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and SNOMED CT are similar in that both systems have alphanumeric codes associated with clinical concepts. But the systems differ in their purpose and structure, and are best used in different ways in healthcare. For starters, ICD is a cla....

ICD-10's Impact Reaches Far Beyond Coding: Examining the New Code Sets' Revenue Cycle Implications

Author: Arends-Marquez, Alexa; Knight, Nicole; Thomas-Flowers, Dwan

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

Publication Date: November 2014



The implications of ICD-10-CM/PCS (ICD-10) for coding operations are a common topic of industry discussion, but the impact of ICD-10 reaches far beyond coding alone. ICD-10 is embedded in the entire revenue cycle for providers. The conversion will impact almost every aspect of operations,....

Checks, Balances, and Ethics: Implementing Financial Controls for Associations

Author: Dunn, Rose T; Klaver, Jill Callahan; Rinehart-Thompson, Laurie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 2014


Health information management (HIM) professionals are recognized for their compliance-focused activities. Coding professionals, for example, assign codes based on the available documentation and the rules that define proper code application. When hospital coders are asked to resequence a condit....

New Changes De-Spookify Modifier -59

Author: Wilson, Donna D

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: October 30, 2014



The proper application of modifier -59 (Distinct Procedural Service) has mystified many a coder. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently indicated that modifier -59 is the most commonly used and abused of all the modifiers—mainly due to the fact that it is used to....

Coding ICD-10-PCS Procedures in the Ancillary Sections: Understanding Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Therapy

Author: Kostick, Karen M.; Sanvik, Gina

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

Publication Date: September 2014



Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series of articles discussing the six Ancillary sections of ICD-10-PCS.


This article continues the Journal of AHIMA’s exploration of the different sections of ICD-10-PCS, focusing on the last three Ancillary sections. The side....

Coding Mastectomy Procedures

Author: Goswami, Chaitali

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: September 2014



OBJECTIVE

The purpose of this article is to enable you to understand and correctly implement the coding principles, concepts, and guidelines associated with various mastectomy procedure codes.


SURGICAL INFORMATION

Mastectomy is the surgical procedure in....

3 Myths of ICD-10-CM/PCS: Addressing Why it is Not Feasible to use SNOMED CT in Place of ICD-10 or Wait for ICD-11—and Other Misperceptions

Author: Bowman, Sue E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014



As the US healthcare industry experiences yet another delay in ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation, misunderstandings surrounding the ICD-10-CM/PCS transition continue to perpetuate. This article addresses a few of the most common misperceptions—myths that need to be exposed with fact-based....

External Cause Codes in ICD-10-CM

Author: Fuller, Jan C.

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: August 2014



The increased specificity in ICD-10-CM is reflected in a substantial increase in external cause codes. The traditional “E code” has been replaced with V, W, X and Y codes. While the purpose of the codes remains the same, the ICD-10-CM codes provide a level of detail not possible in ICD-9-....

Coding ICD-10-PCS Procedures in the Ancillary Sections: Understanding Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Therapy

Author: Kostick, Karen M.; Sanvik, Gina

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

Publication Date: July 2014



Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part series of articles discussing the six Ancillary sections of ICD-10-PCS.


This article continues the Journal of AHIMA’s exploration of the different sections of ICD-10-PCS, focusing on the six Ancillary sections. The....

Use Data Mining Findings as a Tool to Support CDI Education

Author: Easterling, Sharon; Endicott, Melanie; Lojewski, Tedi; Maccariella-Hafey, Patricia C; Martin, Ginny

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

Publication Date: July 2014



Clinical validation involves the clinical review of a case to determine whether or not the patient truly possesses the conditions documented in the health record. Productivity and coding quality often suffer when the health record lacks accurate documentation to support the claim, and cur....

Preparing for ICD-10- CM/PCS Implementation: Impact on Productivity and Quality

Author: Stanfill, Mary H; Hsieh, Kang Lin; Beal, Kathleen; Fenton, Susan H.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2014


Abstract


Coding productivity is expected to drop significantly during the lead-up to and in the initial stages of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation, now expected to be delayed until October 1, 2015. This study examined the differences in coding productivity between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-....

ICD-9-CM Refresher

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 11, 2014





Focus has been on training in ICD-10-CM/PCS for the past few years. With yet another delay, many organizations are slowing down their ICD-10 training and changing their focus back to ICD-9-CM.


The first quarter of 2014 was historic in “coder world” since t....

Coding ICD-10-PCS Medical and Surgical-Related Sections: Understanding Osteopathic, Other Procedures, and Chiropractic

Author: Barta, Ann

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

Publication Date: June 2014


Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three articles discussing the Medical and Surgical-related sections of ICD-10-PCS.

IN THIS ARTICLE, the Journal of AHIMA continues its three-part Coding Notes series focusing on the nine Medical and Surgical-related sections of ICD-10-PC....

Don’t Deny the Denials: Experts Recommend Implementing a Strong Claims Denial Strategy to Offset ICD-10-based Coder Productivity Loss

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014



As organizations prepare for the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS next year, many are looking for creative strategies to mitigate anticipated decreases in coder productivity that will come with the switch. Some are ramping up education, others hiring additional staff members or implementin....

Coding ICD-10-PCS Medical and Surgical-Related Sections: Understanding Measurement and Monitoring, Extracorporeal Assistance and Performance, and Extracorporeal Therapies

Author: Barta, Ann

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

Publication Date: May 2014



Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three articles discussing the Medical and Surgical-related sections of ICD-10-PCS.


In this article, the Journal of AHIMA continues its three part Coding Notes series focusing on the nine Medical and Surgical-related secti....

Computer-assisted Coding Toolkit

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA toolkit

Publication Date: May 2014

This toolkit provides many of the necessary tools and documents necessary for a successful implementation. It will be helpful to those who wish to plan and prepare for the implementation of CAC in ambulatory (including physician), acute care inpatient, or outpatient hospital settings.

Too Many Coding Systems, Too Much to Do: Different Clinical Classification and Clinical Terminology Systems Uniquely Impact IT, Quality Management

Author: Kohn, Deborah

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014



The notion of managing and being accountable for the health status of defined populations requires much more sophisticated clinical data collection methods and skills than most healthcare organizations have today. Numerous “coding systems” have been used for decades to successf....

HIV/AIDS in ICD-10-CM

Author: Parman, Cindy C

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: May 2014



Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the immune system, the body's natural defense system. And of course, without a strong immune system the body has trouble fighting off disease. Both the virus itself and the resulting infection are called HIV. The final stage of HIV infection is a....

Optimizing Data Representation Through the Use of SNOMED CT

Author: Bronnert, June; Daube, Julie L; Jopp, Gretchen; Peterson, Kathleen; Rihanek, Theresa; Scichilone, Rita A; Tucker, Vanna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

Electronic health records (EHR) have changed the landscape for data representation. For many years health information management (HIM) professionals have relied on classifications for data representation and the support of clinical documentation. SNOMED CT is a data standard frequently used in electronic systems and has been included in the requirements for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program. SNOMED CT is maintained and distributed by the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO). SNOMED CT is recognized throughout the world, and the terminology is available at no cost. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) serves as the US release center and the IHTSDO member country representative.

Coding Bunionectomy

Author: Kapoor, Alka

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: March 2014



Bunionectomy is a surgical procedure to excise a bunion. After reading this article you should be able to understand the concepts of assigning the correct CPT code for bunionectomy.



The online Encyclopedia of Surgery defines a bunion as "an enlargement of the joint at....

Help! I am Encoder-Dependent!

Author: Horn, Kelli

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: March 2014



Many coders in the workforce preparing to take their CCS examination acknowledge that they are dependent on encoders. While this is beneficial in performing daily job duties, it can be a hindrance to successfully passing the examination. The four-hour examination requires that exam-takers....

Peeking Over the Fence: a Look at Canadian Coding and CDI Processes, and How They Differ From the US Due to Varied Financial Structures

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014

Even with different payment models, Canada and the US are both working to reform healthcare with pay-for-performance and quality measurement reforms. Though using a single payer system, Canada still struggles with many of the same US HIM concerns—coding accuracy, clinical documentation improvement, and proper reimbursement.

CPT Receives Update for 2014

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2014



On January 1, 2014, the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) was updated with additions, revisions, and deletions. In total, 175 new codes were added, 107 codes were revised, and 47 codes were deleted. In addition, editorial changes and coding guideline addi....

2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS Updates

Author: Barta, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2014



This article highlights the 2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS updates as approved by the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee, which includes representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Center for Health Statistics. As a result of the partial code set....

CAD vs. Angina

Author: Hansen, Abby

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: December 2013



Unstable angina pectoris is a type of chest pain that happens suddenly and becomes worse over time. It can often be felt in the shoulders, arms, and neck. It is caused by poor blood flow through the blood vessels of the heart muscle and can evolve into a myocardial infarction. Coronary at....

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