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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 (11/00)

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 (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....

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....

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 Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

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

Source: Government (U.S.)

Publication Date: April 02, 1989

State Operations Manual
Appendix K - Interpretive Guidelines for Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

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....

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....

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....

Implementing and Managing a Virtual Coding Department

Author: Glass, Sarah

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 31, 2006

Implementing and Managing a Virtual Coding Department
Sarah Glass, MA, RHIA, CCS
Introduction

The electronic health record (EHR) provides facilities with an opportunity to offer teleworking as a recruitment and retention tool for the coding staff in the HIM department. This pape....

Implementing a Mobile Coding Solution

Author: Colgan, Peter

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: July 02, 2001


Wireless computing technologies capable of enabling clinical and administrative decision support throughout the extended healthcare enterprise have arrived! Among the benefits of any wireless healthcare solution is the wide distribution of information throughout the enterprise. This benefit r....

Implementation of Inpatient Computer Assisted Coding at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Author: Towers, Adele L; Soso, Nancy; Needham, Tamara

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 05, 2009

Background

Coder productivity and accuracy has become even more important in this era of declining reimbursements, hybrid charts, increasing medical complexity, and continuous auditing. Computer Assisted Coding (CAC) for hospital inpatient charts is being proposed as a solution to improve....

Implementation of ICD-10-CA and CCI in Canada

Author: Moskal, Lori

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

The Canadian implementation of The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Canada (ICD-10-CA) and The Canadian Classification of Health Interventions (CCI) began in 2001 with five provinces and one territory. In 2002,....

Impact of Implementing an EMR on Coding Professionals. A Case Study of Kaiser Permanente Colorado: Implementing an EMR for 1,000 Providers at 18 medical office buildings

Author: Taylor, James M

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 25, 2010


(If you are in a smaller practice and perform many of these functions yourself, the unintended consequences of EMR implementation discussed below still apply. You will need to alter your approach to coding in the new EMR environment and the strategies for successful post-implementation coder s....

Impact of Creating a Pay for Quality Improvement (P4QI) Incentive Program on Healthcare Disparity: Leveraging HIT in Rural Hospitals and Small Physician Offices [Commentary]

Author: Hart-Hester, Susan; Jones, Warren A.; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Fenton, Susan H.; Nielsen, Carol; Madison, Mary; Arthur, Chris; Marbury, David; Rudman, LeeAnn; Patterson, Randi; Reynolds, Rebecca; Rudman, William J.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: September 2008

Introduction

Reducing health disparities and improving healthcare quality for all Americans has become a national priority. 1–4 Approximately 16 percent (or $4 trillion) of America's gross domestic product is spent on healthcare. 5–7 Despite spending twice as much on healthcare as other i....

Imagine the Future of Coding

Author:

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 1999


How will coding be different in the year 2010? Pondering the coding practices of tomorrow is the job of AHIMA's Coding Futures Task Force. And though there's no crystal ball involved, trends that will have a substantial impact on the future can be identified today.

Remember the word p....

ICF: Representing the Patient beyond a Medical Classification of Diagnoses

Author: Giannangelo, Kathy; Bowman, Sue E; Dougherty, Michelle; Fenton, Susan H.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: November 2005


The World Health Organization (WHO) family contains two core, or reference, classifications: the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and ICF. A third classification, the International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI), is under development. The core WHO classifications c....

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