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


Source: AHIMA online training

Publication Date: June 23, 2011

Seminar Date
June 23, 2011

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....

Coding Mastectomy Procedures

Author: Goswami, Chaitali

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: September 2014


The purpose of this article is to enable you to understand and correctly implement the coding principles, concepts, and guidelines associated with various mastectomy procedure codes.


Mastectomy is the surgical procedure in....

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....

Coding on the Home Front

Author: Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2002

Recently, a group of coders participated in a survey about their day-to-day experiences as remote, or at-home coders. The survey asked a series of questions related to the positives and negatives of coding at home versus coding in the more traditional office setting. Below is a summary of the....

Coding Open Fractures in ICD-10-CM

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2012

Fractures are a common medical malady, and coders encounter them often. But the differences between coding fractures in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM are vast.

Upon implementation of ICD-10-CM the code system currently in place for fractures within ICD-9-CM will cease to exist, and a new,....

Coding Pregnancy

Author: Bronnert, June

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

Publication Date: October 2006

While science and research have shed light on the various stages of fetal development, the process is still fascinating. This article details each month of a fetus’s development and reviews common delivery complications and where related information may be documented in the record.

Coding Preventive Care Services

Author: Wilkinson, Dianne

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 2008

According to the Partnership for Prevention—a program-based organization of businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies—“the U.S. health care system suffers a quality deficit in part because too many patients do not get the effective preventive care they need when they ne....

Coding Radiology Services

Author: Walk, Gerri

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2009

Because coding and radiology departments often share accountability for the quality of outpatient radiology coding, it is important that coding professionals share coding issues and charge capture expectations with radiology staff. This article outlines methods to improve the quality of coded....

Coding Roundtable Coordinators Toolkit

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA toolkit

Publication Date: 2017

The goals of the coding roundtable coordinator include:

  • Improving coding skills through education
  • Providing local networking opportunities
  • Attracting new members to the coding and HIM profession
  • Creating an environment that facilitates mentoring
  • Sharing coding practices, challenges, and requirements to affect policy in the industry

Coding’s Biggest Challenges Today

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2008

Coding departments are hectic places in 2008, busy adapting to new requirements. To meet the challenges, they are seeking the right staffing, education, and coordination.

How many challenges does coding face today? Open positions, revenue cycle, MS-DRGs, POA, RACs,....

Coding Under the HIPAA Umbrella

Author: Russo, Ruthann

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2001

Although coding professionals are not ultimately responsible for ensuring appropriate release of patient-protected information, it is important that they understand that coded data is not only one of the most desired pieces of information in the patient’s record, it is also the....

Coding Viral Sepsis

Author: Sanvik, Gina

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 10, 2016

How to code viral sepsis has been a topic of discussion on AHIMA’s Engage Coding, Classification and Reimbursement community, and has be the subject of several inquiries to AHIMA’s Code-CheckTM coding question service.

The viral sepsis coding confusion may com....

Common E/M Documentation Issues

Author: Udell, Curtis

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: July 02, 2001

One of the constant challenges facing managers today is evaluating physician documentation and then helping their physicians to improve the content of their patient notes, particularly for evaluation and management (E/M) services.

While physicians may have unique style or flair to t....

Communicating with Physicians: Something to Talk About

Author: Dunaway, M. Tray

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002

Ask a physician: "Doctor, are your detailed history and physicals comprehensive?" Now ask: "Doctor, are your comprehensive history and physicals detailed?" Chances are, you'll get two affirmative replies. To a physician, detailed workups are comprehensive, and comprehensive workups are detaile....

Communication with a Side of Encouragement, Please: Effective Communication Strategies for a Smooth CDI Program implementation Transition

Author: Flood, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2012

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs are spreading rapidly across the United States-and for good reason. They help facilities improve the level of documentation that goes into the patient medical record, leading to fewer errors and an overall improvement for continuity of care. Bu....

Comparative Data--Its Impact and Opportunities

Author: Bellile, Susan K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1998

A battle for control of medical management is now being waged among hospitals, managed care plans, insurers, employers, physician groups, and researchers—a battle in which data is the weapon of choice. Cumulative and comparative healthcare information is being used to eva....

Compliance Efforts Get Some PEPP

Author: Bryant, Gloryanne H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999

Earlier this year, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) informed the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) that "the DRG system is vulnerable to abuse by providers who wish to increase reimbursement inappropriately through upcoding, particularly so within certain DRGs.&....

Comprehensive CDI: Making it Happen

Author: Pinson, Richard D.; Tang, Cynthia L.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 17, 2008


MS-DRGs were introduced by CMS on October 1, 2007 in an effort to incorporate severity of illness in adjusting hospital reimbursement for inpatient acute care. In response, as CMS predicted, clinical documentation integrity (or improvement) programs [CDI] are springing up eve....

Computer-Assisted Coding and Beyond

Author: Eminger, Heather

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 28, 2010

Introduction to CAC

Whether you're a facility reviewing the Computer-Assisted Coding (CAC) technologies because of coding challenges such as the ever evolving CMS requirements and backlogs, or preparing for ICD-10 CM. You will learn there is much more that Computer-Assisted Coding....

Computer-Assisted Coding: A Year Later. Proof of Concept Pilot Results, The Department of Veterans Affairs

Author: Bebb, Jacki; Hanken, Mary Alice; Helbig, Susan; Longosky, Sean; Main, Renee; Wood, Shirley

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 05, 2009

Health Information Management, VHA Central Office and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Beginning in late 2008, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) began a proof of concept project to determine if natural language processing (NLP) and computer assisted coding....

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