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Mobilizing to Do Adaptive Work

Author: Fletcher, Donna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


Can our visionary leaders solve our problems? Sometimes. But more often, the reality is the power to solve problems lies with us. This is the fundamental assumption of the "adaptive work" concept presented in this article—along with some real-life examples of HIM adaptive work in action.....

Model for International Comparative Studies Using Routine Hospital Morbidity Data

Author: Jones, Lauren M.; Reid, Beth A.; Aisbett, Chris W.

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Abstract
The problem addressed in this paper is the difficulty of assessing across nations the impact of different policies on health outcomes without a reliable way of comparing routine hospital morbidity data. This paper presents the findings of a study that evaluated the accessibility and....

Modifers – ‘Friend or Foe’

Author: Swindle, Jennifer

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

ABSTRACT:

Background: The need for modifiers to further and appropriate identify accurate coding information to all payers is critical for appropriate and accurate reimbursement. Failure to use modifiers can have a negative impact on a physician or an organizations’ revenue as witho....

Mortality Coding Marks 10 Years of ICD-10

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2009


Morbidity coders rarely see a mortality code. But for 10 years the National Center for Health Statistics has been busy compiling mortality data coded in ICD-10.


There are a thousand ways to die in this life, and the National Center for Health Statistics tracks every one of the....

MS-DRGs: One Year and Counting

Author: Perez, Mario A. III; Tully, Melinda

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 17, 2008




Introduction




The most important changes in the Medicare inpatient prospective payment system in 25 years were initiated October 1, 2007. CMS began paying for inpatient hospital services using the CMS-developed Medicare severity DRGs (MS-DRGs). MS-DRGs represent....

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....

Myocardial Infarctions: Frequently Asked Questions

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1996

Myocardial Infarctions

Many coders still have questions regarding the correct coding and sequencing of myocardial infarctions (MI), particularly in relation to the use of the fifth digits, transfers, underlying diagnosis, and performance of procedures. The following information is provide....

Natural Language Processing Technology and Terminologies: Mining Free Text

Author: Jagannathan, V.; Heinze, Daniel T.; Naeymi-Rad, Frank; Flanagan, James R.; Bowie, Jack; Kivatinetz, Raul

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 21, 2005

Introduction
The dictation and transcription process is one of the most widely used ways of documenting clinical content. This session brings leading vendors with NLP and terminology solutions to discuss their approach and technologies in support of data mining of free text. The applications t....

Navigating the Physician Services Maze

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001


As HIM professionals know, accurate and complete documentation is critical for providing care and supporting reimbursement. This is particularly true-and yet particularly problematic-in the area of E/M coding. Medical practices report and are paid for their services using E/M coding, yet there....

NCVHS Groups Explore CPR, Privacy Rule Possibilities

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001




HIPAA's fifth anniversary was marked by meetings of two key subcommittees of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS): the standards (transactions) and security subcommittee and the privacy and confidentiality subcommittee. At the security subcommittee, experts fr....

New Approach to Chargemaster Management

Author: Richey, John

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001

After examining their CDM management processes, HIM professionals, along with clinical and support departments, redesigned and automated several practice aspects with successful results. (FORE Best Practice, AHIMA Foundation)

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....

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....

New Focus on Process and Measure: Raising Data Quality with a Standard Coding Workflow and Benchmarks

Author: Wilson, Donna D; Hampton-Bagshaw, Kim; Jorwic, Therese M; Bishop, Jean; Giustina, Elizabeth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2008




Establishing a standard coding workflow that incorporates continuous improvement and creating performance benchmarks is key to improving the quality of coded data.



HIM professionals who assign codes or manage coded data take responsibility for translating clinical....

New Guidance for Home Health Coding

Author: Blevins, Ida K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: July 2009


Sweeping PPS changes for home health went into effect January 2008, making much of the prior coding guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incompatible with changes in the revised data collection set. Home health coding professionals anxiously awaited further i....

New Home Care PPS Brings Major Changes

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000


The home care industry will undergo a significant shift in reimbursement methodology when HCFA implements a new prospective payment system (PPS) for Medicare claims on October 1, 2000. Under the new system, a Medicare beneficiary receiving covered home care services will be reimbursed for a 6....

New ICD-9-CM Committee Presents New Codes, Changes

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


This is part 1 of a two-part summary of proposals from the April 2002 ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting and includes procedure proposals. Part 2 will include diagnosis proposals and will be published in the October Journal of AHIMA.
The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Main....

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....

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