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New Study Illuminates the Ongoing Road to ICD-10 Productivity and Optimization

Author: Alakrawi, Zahraa M; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Nemchik, Scot; Sheridan, Patty Thierry

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

Publication Date: March 2017

To quantify the impact of ICD-10-CM/PCS (ICD-10) on coding productivity, Ciox Health, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, conducted a previous study published in the August 2016....

Nothing Lasts Forever: How Physicians Can Prepare for the End of the One-Year Amnesty from Post Payment Reviews Due to Unspecified Codes

Author: Lee, Christine

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

Publication Date: May 2016

Just as ocean tides shift with the earth's gravitational pull, physician practice administrators align staff and focus resources to address their organizations' most pressing concerns. This year, the tsunami grabbing administrators' attention is the conclusion of a one-year grace peri....

Not Your Average Encounter: Quirky ICD-10 Codes

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2012

One look at the ICD-10-CM/PCS codebook proves that life is full of surprises. With ICD-10 stepping up the specificity of clinical codes, coders now have access to descriptions that can accurately capture even the most surprising of medical conundrums.

The increased specificity is....

No Uncertain Terms

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998

HIM professionals think of classification systems such as ICD-9-CM as tools for everyday use. But these familiar systems are evolving and changing rapidly—as Donna Pickett, RRA, is well aware.

Pickett is medical systems administrator for the Office of Data Standards, ....

Obstetric Coding in ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: Barta, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2010

ICD-10-CM/PCS will capture a greater level of specificity for obstetric coding. This article highlights some of the new features in coding obstetric cases with ICD-10-CM/PCS.
OB Diagnoses Coding with ICD-10-CM

Obstetric cases require diagnosis codes from chapter 15 of ICD-10-CM,....

Optimizing Anatomy and Physiology Review for ICD-10

Author: Henderson, Kellie

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 25, 2010


As we move into the ICD-10 landscape an increased knowledge of anatomy and physiology is a critical requirement for success. Every coder has a different level of knowledge they draw from today. Identifying knowledge gaps and shoring up our defenses will provide us with informati....

Pain-free Wound Care Coding

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010

Wound care diagnoses and procedures can be challenging to code. In order for coders to code them correctly, clinicians must document diagnoses and procedures appropriately and thoroughly. Open communication between coders and clinicians can help facilitate better documentation.


Post ICD-10 Implementation: Where Are We Now?

Author: Maccariella-Hafey, Patricia C

Source: CodeWrite

Publication Date: November 2015

We heard deep sighs of relief as October 1, 2015, came and went and ICD-10 was finally implemented in the United States. This has been a long time coming for coding and documentation improvement professionals in the HIM world. At the time of this article's writing, we are two weeks into im....

Preparing for ICD-10-CM: A Clinician's Perspective

Author: Rose, Eric

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2009

America’s physician practices are facing the biggest change in healthcare coding in decades: the replacement of ICD-9-CM by ICD-10-CM. This article discusses ICD-10-CM from a clinical perspective and reviews how electronic health record (EHR) systems will need to adapt to the transition.....

Preparing for ICD-10-CM in Physician Practices

Author: Kuehn, Lynn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2009

What will change under ICD-10-CM, and what must be done to prepare? This is the year for physician practices to get their ducks in a row: become informed, assess their IT and training needs, and make a plan that leads to the October 1, 2013, deadline.

On September....

Preparing for ICD-10- CM/PCS Implementation: Impact on Productivity and Quality

Author: Stanfill, Mary H; Hsieh, Kang Lin; Beal, Kathleen; Fenton, Susan H.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2014


Coding productivity is expected to drop significantly during the lead-up to and in the initial stages of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation, now expected to be delayed until October 1, 2015. This study examined the differences in coding productivity between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-....

Preparing for ICD-10 While in an ICD-9 World: The Importance of Clinical Documentation and Coding Integrity (CDCI™) Programs Being Early Adopters of ICD-10

Author: Doty, Laura; Kruse, Marion G.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011


Unless you are living under a rock or plan on retiring (or plan on winning the lottery) you are probably aware of the United States adopting ICD-10 and beginning to worry about what this means for you and your organization. The focus of this paper is to explore the impact of....

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