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Seventh Character Application for Injuries in the Principal Diagnosis and the Impact to Data Quality

Author: Wall, Kathleen E.

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 25, 2016



By now, we’ve all had practice assigning 7th characters for injuries. And, by now, we all know that in theory the guidance seems very clear—but the application of this new concept is not clear at all. Why is there so much confusion and why does it matter? What are the short- and long-term....

Setting the Facts Straight About ICD-10: What Physicians Need to Know About the Transition

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy

Publication Date: November 2014

While many organizations see the benefits of using ICD-10, including the ability to capture more detailed information, others have concerns, including the costs of implementation. Despite the significant amount of information that has been published about ICD-10 during the last 10 years, many misconceptions persist today. The information below covers basic facts about the ICD-10 transition that are of particular interest to the physician community.

Sepsis, Related Terms Cause Confusion for Coders: Set the Record Straight About Sepsis, SIRS, Septic Shock

Author: Prophet-Bowman, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2003


Sepsis, severe sepsis, SIRS, and septic shock have long been a source of confusion for coders. New ICD-9-CM codes established recently for Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), and additional proposed code revisions have added to the confusion regarding the differentiation among these....

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