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Transitional Care Management Codes

Author: Huey, Kim

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: November 2013



Transitional care management codes 99495 and 99496 were introduced by the American Medical Association (AMA) in CPT 2013 to capture the work involved in managing a patient after discharge from a facility setting to a community-based setting. These codes are part of an initiative between t....

New Discharge Status Codes

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: November 2013


Effective October 1, 2013, 16 new discharge status codes were implemented for discharges on or after this date. The new discharge status codes were created and approved by the National Uniform Billing Committee (NUBC). The patient discharge status code is reported by facilities on institutional....

Which Should You Take: the CCA or CCS Exam?

Author: Horn, Kelli

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: November 2013



As a CCS exam course review instructor and in my efforts to help students and coders obtain a coding credential, I am often asked which credential would be the most beneficial, and whether an individual is better prepared to pass the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or the Certified Codin....

Last Call for ICD-9-CM

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013


October 1, 2013 could be a day sentimental HIM veterans raise a glass to a longtime friend—or perhaps foe. For October 1 signifies the end of an era; it is the effective date of the final ICD-9-CM update before ICD-10-CM/PCS codes kick in on October 1, 2014.


In a statement t....

AHIMA Comments on CMS' Proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, published in the July 19, 2013 Federal Register

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: September 06, 2013

Comments on the proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, focusing on sections of the proposed rules that are of specific relevance and interest to AHIMA members.

Forgotten Denial: Automated

Author: Easterling, Sharon

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: September 2013



With the never-ending volume of complex medical necessity denials and inpatient coding denials, automated denials get lost in the shuffle. We cannot forget the importance of these denials, which require intense energy, research, and effort, often only to yield a line item charge total of $....

Reporting and Sequencing of V Codes

Author: Bielby, Judy A

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: August 2013



A few months ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Inpatient Prospective Payment System fiscal year 2014 proposed rule. One of the proposals concerns ICD-9-CM code V45.88 for Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA) administration within 24 hours prior to admi....

A Little Coding Advice

Author: Nance, Kellie D

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: August 2013



Following are four pieces of advice to help you through tough situations and keep your skills sharp throughout your coding career:


Take a Break



When you are working with a chart with multiple diagnoses and are struggling with what should go first and ha....

Hiring Tips for ICD-10 Help

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013


Staff up or suffer. That is one message HIM professionals are hearing regarding the upcoming ICD-10-CM/PCS transition. Clinical documentation specialists will be needed to ensure clinicians adequately document provided care that validates the new, more detailed ICD-10 codes. Coders with ICD-10....

Transitioning Transcriptionists

Author: Person, Carol; Terlep, Minnette

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013



Facing a diminished role, transcriptionists at Sanford Health worked with the organization to move into open, and in-demand, coding roles



The need for transcription was diminishing at Sanford Health, and transcriptionists needed to make a choice-transition into another....

Adapting Enterprise Workflow for ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: Clark, Jill S

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013



During her speech at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said the healthcare industry should proceed full steam ahead on preparing to implement ICD-10-CM/PCS. The message conveyed is that CMS is 100 p....

CPT 2013 Changes In Nerve Conduction Studies

Author: Huey, Kim

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: April 2013



In recent years, many changes to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) have made coding of certain procedures less complicated. This is true this year for the coding of nerve conduction studies. The codes have been restructured to reflect the number of studies performed as the unit of s....

CMS Responds to RAC Myths

Author: Phelps, Charles

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: April 2013



There is a lot of information available about the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program. Some of what you hear, though, may not be completely accurate. It is important that providers obtain their information from reliable sources. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Ser....

CY 2013 OPPS Update

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 2013



As 2012 drew to a close, US healthcare facilities began the daunting task of reviewing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) update to ensure their chargemaster and systems were up-to-date with the 2013 changes. Th....

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