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Coding Neoplasms in ICD-10-CM

Author: Bielby, Judy A

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2011


ICD-10-CM codes provide greater detail than ICD-9-CM codes for reporting neoplasms. In many instances, ICD-10-CM neoplasm codes can provide information on whether a neoplasm occurred in a right-sided or left-sided body part. ICD-10-CM also provides codes for reporting neoplasm sites with great....

Word is Collaboration: How HIM, Revenue: Cycle, and Compliance Team Up for Success

Author: McDavid, Jan P; Truscott, Tricia; Crump, Dawn; Brocato, Lori

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Background:

The need for HIM, Compliance and Revenue Cycle Management to work together is more important than ever. New initiatives, regulations and more stringent compliance demands are crossing the lines of various departments throughout the healthcare continuum. Departments which may....

Spinal Surgery in CPT/HCPCS Unraveled

Author: Kuehn, Lynn

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Introduction

Spinal surgery can involve a combination of nervous system and musculoskeletal system procedures. Understanding the definitions, anatomy and procedure concepts of these systems provides a foundation for use by the coder in correctly assigning codes in multiple classification....

GEMs Target to Source Exercise

Author: Foster, MeShawn

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: October 2011



In order to use the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs) effectively, it is imperative that both the forward and backward techniques are employed. GEM users will find that they are presented with a myriad of options when there is a “one-to-many” or “many-to-one” scen....

Gestational Diabetes

Author: Bielby, Judy A

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: October 2011



Objective:  To discuss coding for gestational diabetes.


Coding scenarios: Patient A is 30 weeks pregnant and is seen for treatment of gestational diabetes. Patient B is seen for diabetes screening. Patient B is not currently pregnant, does not currently have a diagnosis....

New ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Codes for FY 2012

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2011


The new ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes go into effect October 1, 2011. This date marks the last regular annual update to the ICD-9-CM code set before the partial code freeze. On October 1, 2012, there will be only limited code updates to ICD-9-CM to capture new technology and new diseases. There wil....

Keeping Up with the CPT/HCPCS Changes

Author: Bielby, Judy A

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: September 2011



Although January 1 is regarded by many professional coders as the date when CPT®/HCPCS code changes are implemented, it is becoming increasingly important for professional coders to pay attention to those new CPT/HCPCS codes which are implemented throughout the year. There may be insta....

Preventive Services Modifier: Just the Facts

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: August 2011


The American Medical Association introduced a new CPT® modifier earlier this year. The use of modifier 33 is effective January 1. However, this new modifier is not found in the 2011 CPT® codebook, which has caused some confusion. This table provides some facts and resources about this new modif....

Managing Physician Queries in the EHR

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2011


Federal incentives provided for the meaningful use program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are encouraging hospitals to adopt electronic health records (EHRs). Eighty percent of hospitals are planning to become meaningful users of EHR technologies in 2011, and the healthcare i....

ICD-10: the New Teacher's Pet

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2011


The healthcare industry’s transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS will ramp up in August as educators begin teaching ICD-10 as the primary classification system.
An AHIMA-developed timeline for transitioning academic institutions to ICD-10 recommends the new code set be taught as the current classific....

Preparing for the CAC Transition

Author: Bronnert, June

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: July 2011


One of the biggest technology advancements to influence coding since encoding systems is computer-assisted coding. CAC is the "use of computer software that automatically generates a set of medical codes for review, validation, and use based upon clinical documentation provided by healthcare p....

Coding Knee and Hip Replacements in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-PCS

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Source: AHIMA online training

Publication Date: June 23, 2011


Seminar Date
June 23, 2011
Description

Increase clinical coding skills in reporting accurate ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-PCS hip and knee joint replacement codes. We'll identify the varying types of total or partial joint revision procedures and clinical documentation to sup....

ICD-10 Prep: Assessing Coders' A&P Proficiency

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Source: AHIMA online training

Publication Date: June 09, 2011


Seminar Date
June 9, 2011

Description

Do you want to simplify the transition to ICD-10-PCS? ICD-10 Prep: Assessing Coders’ A&P Proficiency explains the benefits and importance of assessing coders’ strengths and weaknesses in the biomedical sciences prior to ICD-10-PCS....

Transcription and Data Capture in the EHR

Author: Dooling, Julie A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


Transcription has always played an important role in HIM, but today it is taking on a new role in supporting the meaningful use program. Organizations are looking to leverage their transcription technology to capture structured data within their electronic health records (EHRs), a requirement....

Three-Day Window Updates

Author: Garrett, Gail S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2011


The Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010 was signed into law on June 25, 2010. One of its provisions revised the three-day payment policy, or the so-called "three-day DRG window."

This article highlights the changes to the three-da....

Growing ICD-10: Seedling Transition Programs Take Root

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


There are two basic approaches to the ICD-10 transition: (1) a late, mad scramble to get systems converted before the deadline; or (2) an intentional cultivation that uses the transition to improve business processes, documentation, and clinical care. Three organizations offer a picture of the....

Reading the Fine Print on ICD-10 Conversions: Even Highly Automated Conversions Require Review

Author: Butler, Rhonda R.; Mills, Ronald E; Averill, Richard F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


Automation is a major help in converting to the ICD-10 code set, but it is not a magical solution. In fact, skipping a human review of converted systems exposes an organization to legal and financial risk.

People who are secondary users of coded medical records-who see only the resul....

Embracing the ICD-10 Transition

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


Now is the time to embrace ICD-10 adoption and plan for your personal success and the future state within your organization. Healthcare organizations are depending on the HIM profession to do the heavy lifting and prepare the industry for ICD-10.

We will never walk this path again. T....

Changes Ahead in Data Standards

Author: Giannangelo, Kathy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


HIM professionals are most familiar with the data standards mandated through HIPAA. However, the data standard adoption process is also now part of the requirements for EHR technology in the meaningful use program.

Understanding the data standards adoption process under HIPAA and th....

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