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Benchmarking Project Harvests Ideas for Network

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998

It started as a simple benchmarking project. But when Patricia Rhodes, RRA, Carol Keller, MPA, and their team finished, the project had taken them across the country, opened up lines of communication with staff members at nine other facilities, and helped them improve their....

Building a One-stop Shop for Ideas

Author: Thompson, Nancy A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000

If you feel like you've ever reinvented the wheel when changing or improving processes, the Department of Veterans Affairs may have the answer. Read on to learn more about the Virtual Learning Center, an online knowledge base of healthcare solutions.

We all have....

Clarifying Patient Status Code

Author: Bryant, Gloryanne H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2008

The patient status code reflects the level of care a patient was discharged or transferred to when leaving an acute care hospital as an inpatient or outpatient (i.e., emergency department or emergency room). A recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services MLN Matters publication provides a....

CMS Eliminates Reimbursement for Consultations

Author: Nelson, Tanai S

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: December 02, 2009

As proposed, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized their decision to eliminate the use of all consultation codes (inpatient and office/outpatient codes for various places of service except for telehealth consultation G-codes). What does that mean? That means that CMS w....

Coding for Medicare Advantage Plans

Author: Truscott, Tricia

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) use a reimbursement methodology similar to the DRG system for coverage of Medicare patients enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans through private insurance companies. Using ICD codes from hospital and physician visit....

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