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Putting the ICD-10-CM/PCS GEMs into Practice (2016 update) - Retired

Author: Archer, Anita; Campbell, Angela; D'Amato, Cheryl; McLeod, Melissa; Rugg, Donna

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016

Editor's Note: This Practice Brief supersedes the May 2013 and March 2010 Practice Briefs titled "Putting the ICD-10-CM/PCS GEMs into Practice."

Mappings between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS will play a critical role in the successful utilization of ICD-10-CM/PCS. The Centers for Me....

So You Think You Know Diabetes Mellitus?

Author: DeVault, Kathryn

Source: CodeWrite

Publication Date: January 2016

According to the American Diabetes Association, 9.3 percent of the population—29.1 million people—have diabetes mellitus. This is an increase from 8.3 percent in 2010. Of the 29.1 million who have it now, it's estimated approximately 8.1 million people are undiagnosed.1

Why You Should Care About Clinical Documentation

Author: Sims, Kimberly F

Source: CodeWrite

Publication Date: January 2016


The objective of this article is to look at how specific and detailed documentation written by the physician can assist with coding procedures with the root operation excision.

The introduction of ICD-10 has brought about an increased need to ensure th....

Four CDI challenges Emerge in ICD-10

Author: Fee, James P

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2015

Editor’s Note: Read this article’s companion piece “Fighting CDI Fires in ICD-10: Three Burning Questions Every Organization Must Answer” in the December 2015 edition of ICD-TEN, available here.

For most clinical documentation improvement (CDI) sp....

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....

Rare and Unlikely ICD-10 Codes are Needed

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015

This summer, if you listened very closely, you could almost hear a vast chorus of coders saying “I told you so,” after a freak accident alarmed local boaters in Southern California. On June 21, an over-excited dolphin accidentally jumped into a California family’s speed boat and broke both ankl....

Value of ICD-10 at the Point of Care

Author: Stearns, Michael

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 2015

The ICD-10-CM/PCS code set offers substantial clinical value to healthcare which includes new diagnoses and treatments. There has been a fair amount of emphasis on ICD-10’s value in clinical research and population health, but less on its value at the point of care—while a physician is car....

ICD-10-CM/PCS Documentation Tips

Author: AHIMA CDI Workgroup

Source: AHIMA Task Force

Publication Date: September 2015

A large library of CDI ICD-10 documentation tips focusing on the language and/or wording that will garnish greater details and specificity of the coded data for a given diagnosis, condition, disease and/or surgical procedure.

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....

Malignancy: Aftercare or Follow-Up?

Author: Parman, Cindy C

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: May 2015

Physician documentation has always supported accurate diagnosis code reporting, but never more so than with the transition to ICD-10-CM codes. Specific terminology and the use of key words and phrases is essential, especially with terms such as "aftercare" and "follow-up," which phy....

Coding Saint Patrick's Day

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 11, 2015

Saint Patrick’s Day is both a cultural and religious celebration that includes displays of the color green, eating and drinking, and parades. One of the greatest places to celebrate this day, outside of Ireland, is the city of Chicago, where the people go all out for Saint Patrick’s D....

ICD-10-CM Coding Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities

Author: Liebner, Carole S; Lowery, Amanda L; Maccariella-Hafey, Patricia C; Usher, Joan L; Ward, Maria; Young, Carol

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2015

Diagnostic coding plays several important roles in every healthcare setting, including long-term care (LTC) nursing facilities. Come October 1, 2015, LTC facilities will assign ICD-10-CM codes to capture a resident's clinical conditions.

ICD-10-CM facilitates the collection and....

CPT Updates for CY 2015

Author: Buttner, Patty

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

Publication Date: February 2015

On January 1, 2015, the updates to the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) went into effect. The updates include 276 new codes, including three new Category II codes and 39 new Category III codes. There are a total of 129 revised codes and 137 deleted codes....

Coding Injuries in ICD-10-CM (update)

Author: Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2014

ICD-10-CM provides greater specificity in coding injuries than ICD-9-CM. While many of the coding guidelines for injuries remain the same as ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM does include some new features, such as seventh characters.

Chapter 19 Overview

Chapter 19 is titled "In....

Cost of Converting Small Physician Practices to ICD-10 Much Lower than Reported

Author: Kravis, Thomas C; Belley, Susan; Smith, Donna; Averill, Richard F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 2014

The controversial delay of ICD-10 implementation was based in part on the perceived time, cost and lost productivity for physician offices to perform the necessary assessment, training, software conversions, testing and “super bill” updates.1 Current evidence suggests that....

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.

ICD-10's Impact Reaches Far Beyond Coding: Examining the New Code Sets' Revenue Cycle Implications

Author: Arends-Marquez, Alexa; Knight, Nicole; Thomas-Flowers, Dwan

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

Publication Date: November 2014

The implications of ICD-10-CM/PCS (ICD-10) for coding operations are a common topic of industry discussion, but the impact of ICD-10 reaches far beyond coding alone. ICD-10 is embedded in the entire revenue cycle for providers. The conversion will impact almost every aspect of operations,....

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....

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 ICD-10-PCS Procedures in the Ancillary Sections: Understanding Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Therapy

Author: Kostick, Karen M.; Sanvik, Gina

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

Publication Date: September 2014

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series of articles discussing the six Ancillary sections of ICD-10-PCS.

This article continues the Journal of AHIMA’s exploration of the different sections of ICD-10-PCS, focusing on the last three Ancillary sections. The side....

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