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Getting the Best from Your ICD-10 Vendor

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: May 2011



May 10, 2011


Payers and providers must work their way through the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS only once, and by the end, few will likely choose to do it again. System vendors and consultants, however, will have been through many, many implementations before it’s all over.

The Circulatory System and ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: Barta, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2011


Many coding professionals will need to learn new terminology and brush up on their anatomy and physiology (A&P) knowledge to prepare for the ICD-10-CM/PCS transition. Although it is still too early for intense training on the new code sets, now is the time for coding professionals to gain....

Staying Alert on Sleep Medicine Coding

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2011


The field of sleep medicine is rapidly expanding, and its coding and reimbursement are attracting more attention from federal and state governments, public health organizations, scientists, payers, auditors, the transportation industry, and healthcare consumers. Emerging topics in the area of....

Hypertension Coding Review

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: May 2011



Does coding hypertension elevate your blood pressure? There are several terms related to hypertension that may cause confusion among coders and require some clarification. This article will define terminology related to hypertension and review the coding guidelines associated with combina....

Top Documentation Issues for ICD-10

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2011



Apr 18, 2011

ICD-10-CM/PCS offers organizations better data about their patient populations and the services they provide them. The code set’s greater specificity allows coding professionals to more accurately reflect the details of physician documentation.

However, an....

CY 2011 Changes to the Hospital OPPS

Author: Karban, Karen M

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2011


The final rule for the calendar year 2011 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) was released November 24, 2010. Changes in the rule went into effect with January 1, 2011, outpatient hospital-based services.

The changes to OPPS continue to reflect packaging adjustments....

Defining Difficult Modifiers

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: April 2011



The assignment of modifiers is often an area of frustration for outpatient coders. The purpose of this article is to help define some of those difficult modifiers and provide examples of appropriate modifier usage.


Modifiers are used to indicate any of the following situatio....

Coding Burns in ICD-9-CM

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: March 2011

Burns are assigned to categories 940 through 949 in ICD-9-CM and include burns due to electricity, flames, hot objects, lightning, radiation, chemicals, and scalding.


Burns also are classified by depth, extent, and, where needed, agent (E code). By depth, burns are classified as first....

CPT Update 2011

Author: Smith, Gail I.; Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2011


Each year CPT adds codes to reflect new procedures and surgical techniques. For example, new codes were added in the surgical section to identify procedures performed using balloon catheters.

In addition, CPT continues to make editorial changes and add coding guidelines within the t....

The Year That Was and the Year to Be

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2011


The second session of the 111th Congress began with the Democrats in firm control of the House and Senate. Working from their position of power enabled the Democrats to pass healthcare reform.

Although Congress was mired in contentious debates, AHIMA still advocated for its public po....

CCHIIM Releases New Details on ICD-10 Recertification for AHIMA Certified Professionals

Author: AHIMA

Source: ICD-TEN Top Emerging News | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: January 06, 2011


Preparation has begun for the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS. As transition quickly grows closer, it is critical that all AHIMA-certified Professionals are ready to adapt to the new changes. The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management’s (CCHIIM) new recertific....

CPT Debridement Coding

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: January 2011


CPT provides a variety of codes to reflect the treatment of damaged or infected tissue. A good coding practice is to review a selection of codes and identify the unique characteristics. For example, scan the codes in the following list and differentiate each.


11000:  This co....

FY 2011 Changes to the Hospital IPPS

Author: DeVault, Kathryn

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2010


The final rule for the FY 2011 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System was released July 30, 2010. Changes in the rule went into effect with October 1, 2010, inpatient discharges.

The changes to MS-DRGs and the complication and comorbidity (CC) and major complication and comorb....

Overview of the ESRD PPS

Author: Nelson, Tanai S

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2010


In August the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established a new prospective payment system (PPS) for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities. The ESRD PPS will provide a single payment to ESRD facilities for renal dialysis services and other items and services related to home dial....

Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Author: Poland, Leigh

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: November 2010



Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) is a term that is used to describe a group of cancers of the blood and marrow. In 1989, the International Agency for Research Institute identified Myelodysplastic Syndrome as a neoplastic condition. Approximately 7,000 to 12,000 new cases are diagnosed annual....

Strategies for Remote Coding Success: Remote Coding Program Helps Norman Regional Retain Quality Coders

Author: Miller, Amy; Ridpath, Debra

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2010


Remote coding is helping organizations attract and retain experienced coding professionals at a time when highly skilled coding professionals are in short supply. Successfully implementing a remote coding program requires that facilities have their entire clinical documentation online and qual....

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