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Improving Coding and Documentation Quality Through Real-Time Collaboration: Nurses and Coding Professionals Team Up to Tackle Documentation Issues

Author: Horn, Kelli; Younger, Adrienne; Snow, Trevor

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2016



While working through the recent implementation of ICD-10, leaders at Ardent Health Services began to focus on the re-bill process and what it would look like in the months following use of the new code set. Re-billing means submitting a corrected bill to the payer after it has been rejec....

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....

Internal Radiation Brings Hope to Prostate Cancer Patients: With Brachytherapy Treatment Come New HCPCS Codes

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2003


In 2003, the American Cancer Society estimates that 220, 900 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the US, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men.1 Today in the US, patients with prostate cancer have access to less invasive surgical cancer treatment plans. This arti....

Interpretive Guidelines for Life Safety

Author: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Source: Government (U.S.)

Publication Date: October 02, 1986

State Operations Manual
Appendix I - Interpretive Guidelines for Life Safety

Interpretive Guidelines for Physical Therapists in Independent Practice

Author: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Source: Government (U.S.)

Publication Date: February 02, 1987

State Operations Manual. Appendix F
Interpretive Guidelines, Physical Therapists in Independent Practice

IRF PPS Coding Challenges

Author: Trela, Patricia

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

Publication Date: May 2007


Inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) coding can be a challenge due to the Medicare Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS), which was implemented in 2002 to cover patients paid under Medicare Part A. IRF PPS requires completion of the IRF-Patient Assessment In....

Journal Q&A (10/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 02, 1998


Q: I work in a skilled nursing facility and want to know if it is mandatory for all states to use Resource Utilization Groups III (RUGS III). If so, when was the deadline?

A: The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 mandates the implementation of a per diem prospective payment sy....

Journal Q&A (11/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2000

Q: Where can I find a benchmark for coding accuracy?
A: It's difficult to establish an industry standard for coding accuracy because accuracy is measured differently in every facility. Some facilities compute their accuracy rate by taking the number of correctly coded records and divi....

Journal Q&A (11/01)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2001


Q: Where can I find the updated data elements and data definitions for the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS)?

A: At this time, the 1986 UHDDS data elements and definitions are not available electronically though the information is considered to be in the public domain. The fi....

Journal Q&A (11/02)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2002


Q: Where can I find federal regulations, interpretive guidelines, and Medicare manuals online?


A: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a number of manuals available online including the federal regulations for various settings, interpretive guidelines, Med....

Journal Q&A (4/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 2000

Q: I was under the impression that a new prospective payment system (PPS) was to be implemented on October 1, 2000, for Medicare patients in rehabilitation hospitals. Where can I locate the proposed rules?
A: The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 mandated that a PPS be implemented for rehab h....

Journal Q&A (6/02)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: June 02, 2002

Q: Recently, a discharged patient fell two days after discharge from the inpatient rehab facility where I work. He went to the emergency room and was readmitted to the rehab facility within three days after discharge. Because we discharged the patient home without expecting a return, can we send in....

Journal Q&A (7/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: July 02, 2003

Q: How can I find the Medicare manuals, program memorandums, and the Conditions of Participation on the new CMS Web site?

A: After the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) changed its name to CMS, it moved all its resources to its new site at www.cms.gov/manuals.


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Journal Q&A (9/01)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2001

Q: I work in a home care agency and am developing a procedure on correcting errors on OASIS to comply with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS, formerly HCFA) new correction policy. Is it necessary to make a separate entry in the medical record? Our agency would like to make the co....

Journal Q&A (9/04)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2004


Q: We are having trouble with the discharge status codes on some of our claims. In order to get the claim paid, the fiscal intermediary (FI) requires the discharge status code be changed. If we change the code, it will not correspond with documentation in our medical record.
A: The Center....

Journal Q&A (9/04)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2004


Q: We are having trouble with discharge codes 03 and 04 for skilled nursing facility and intermediate care facilities. I don’t think we have skilled nursing facilities in our area, so we have used the discharge code for intermediate care facility when a patient goes to the nursing home. <....

Keeping up to Date: 2005 CPT Surgery Changes

Author: Hull, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2005


CPT changes for 2005 affect all portions of the manual, although there are very few changes in the pathology and laboratory section. This article will focus on the changes for the surgery section. The January and February 2005 issues of CodeWrite (available through the Coding Community of Prac....

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....

Key Issues in the 2008 OPPS Final Rule

Author: Clark, Andrea

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2008



The main objective of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implementation of the 2008 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule was to address the recent explosion of growth in program expenditures for hospital outpatient services. CMS has created additional i....

Key Issues in the 2009 OPPS Final Rule

Author: Clark, Andrea

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 2009


The final rule for the 2009 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) includes multiple revisions that hospitals must address in their practices, policies, and operations. Hospitals should develop strategies for analyzing the financial impact and operational challenges by reviewing the foll....

Key Points of the UB-04 (2010 update)

Author: AHIMA Clinical Terminology and Classification Practice Council; Garrett, Gail S.; Jorwic, Therese M; Novak, Natalie; Ruhnau-Gee, Becky; Safian, Shelly C; Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: April 2010


Editor’s note: This update replaces the October 2006 practice brief “Key Points of the UB-04.”

In 2005 the National Uniform Billing Committee (NUBC) approved the Uniform Bill (UB-04) paper claim and data set as the replacement to the UB-92 paper form.1 Currently, all paper claims must....

Know Your APCs: Data Analysis Made Simple

Author: Stegman, Melinda

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001



You’ve adapted processes to the APC system, but do you really understand the financial impact of APCs on your organization? The author shows you how to analyze your billing data to assess the impact of APCs on your facility’s bottom line.



Since the implement....

Laboratory Services Regulations Carry HIM Implications

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


This is Part 1 of a two-part article on national coverage and policies for clinical diagnostic laboratory services payable under medicare Part B. Part 1 concentrates on the administrative policies. Part 2, which will appear in the October issue of the Journal, will focus on the national covera....

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