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Synergizing ICD-10: Integrating an ICD-10 implementation into other compliance programs will reduce costs, maximize investments

Author: Mitchell, Glenn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



With ICD-10-CM/PCS, there is good news and there is bad news. First, the bad news-the implementation of ICD-10 in any healthcare facility will take ample staff time, financial resources, and strategic planning. But the good news-whether you are a C-suite leader, clinician, or worker bee, t....

CY 2013 OPPS Update

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 2013



As 2012 drew to a close, US healthcare facilities began the daunting task of reviewing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) update to ensure their chargemaster and systems were up-to-date with the 2013 changes. Th....

Ten More Questions for CAC Vendors

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2013





Today’s HIM and coding professionals are faced with multiple challenges to increase documentation accuracy and specificity due to new rules and regulations. They also face financial pressure to accelerate billing processes, which can lead to errors and fraudulent c....

Physician Query Examples

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 01, 2013






A query can be a powerful communication tool used to clarify documentation in the health record and achieve accurate code assignments. This Practice Brief In Addition provides examples of the different forms of queries available to HIM professionals.

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CPT Code Updates for 2013

Author: Miller, Jackie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2013



The CPT code set has undergone extensive revisions for 2013, with codes, guidelines, and modifiers being revamped and updated. HIM coding professionals should download and review the CPT 2013 errata on the AMA website before starting to use the new codes. This download can be accessed at w....

Using CDI to Meet Federal Quality Measures

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



Clinical documentation is the foundation of every health record, specifically outlining the reasons for treatment and the quality of care provided to the patient. The lack of consistent and standard clinical content within the health record has been an ongoing challenge to health informati....

Anatomy of a Physician Coder: Small, medium, and large physician practices all feature these multi-tasking, multi-responsibility coders

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


An analysis of the “physician coder” anatomy would reveal a cornucopia of responsibilities nestled under this one succinct title.

They are equal parts clinical documentation improvement specialist, office manager, patient counselor, physician process tracker, coder... the list goes....

Bridging the ICD-10 Divide through Advocacy: New National AHIMA Advocacy Initiative will Mirror THIMA ICD-10 Outreach Efforts

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012



AHIMA has long advocated for ICD-10, and these advocacy efforts have overcome some stout barriers to ensure the implementation of the modern, more detailed classification system. Even with this recent success and the reassurance that comes with the final ICD-10 implementation date set for....

EHRs Offer Coders Opportunities, Challenges

Author: Batres, Janie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2012


With emerging technologies like electronic health record systems (EHRs) and computer-assisted coding (CAC) gaining traction in the healthcare industry, coding professionals are being presented with more challenges and opportunities than ever before. The shift from paper-based records to electr....

Transcription Beyond Transcription: Health IT allows transcriptionists to assist with CDI, other HIM functions

Author: Carnrite, Michael; Sumner, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012


For decades Medical transcription has been an important fixture of the health information management (HIM) department. Compiling, managing, and retaining transcribed documents as a subset of the entire patient medical record is a foundational role for HIM professionals. And while the electron....

Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Conditions

Author: Bielby, Judy A

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: August 2012



The coding of acute, subacute, and chronic conditions can be challenging. Acute conditions are typically sudden in onset or have a rapid onset in severe or sudden symptoms. Acute conditions often have a short course. Conversely, chronic conditions have a much slower course than acute condi....

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....

ICD-10-CM Update 2012

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: July 2012


This article highlights the 2012 ICD-10-CM update as approved by the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee. The 2012 ICD-10-CM update includes the addition of new codes that already exist in ICD-9-CM, implemented in the FY 2012 ICD-9-CM update or recently incorporated into ICD-10 th....

Problem-Centered Care Delivery: How Interface Terminology Makes Standardized Health Information Possible

Author: Bronnert, June; Masarie, Chip; Naeymi-Rad, Frank; Rose, Eric; Aldin, Greg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012




Terminologies ensure that the 'languages of medicine' can be understood by both humans and machines.



Electronic health records (EHRs) are the industry standard for documenting patient care. Industry initiatives and government legislation have facilitated EHR i....

There Are Critical Reasons for Not Further Delaying the Implementation of the New ICD-10 Coding System

Author: Averill, Richard F.; Bowman, Sue E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012

Abstract: On April 17, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a rule proposing postponement of the implementation date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis codes (ICD-10-CM) and procedure codes (ICD-10-PCS) by one year to October 1, 2014. An article in Health Affairs titled "There Are Important Reasons For Delaying the Implementation Of The New ICD-10 Coding System" asserts that the ICD-10-CM conversion will be "expensive, arduous, disruptive, and of limited direct clinical benefit." Contrary to the conclusions in this article, implementation of the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets will provide major advantages over the existing ICD-9-CM code set. Implementation is long overdue and will provide significant cost benefits. Any further implementation delay will increase the cost of the transition as well as perpetuate the costs and negative consequences associated with continued reliance on imprecise diagnosis and procedure information.

‘Don't Slow Down’: An ICD-10 Summit Wrap-Up

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2012


In an industry facing several distractions from various government initiatives and regulation changes, ICD-10-CM/PCS became the center of attention from April 16-17 as top experts and interested parties gathered in Baltimore, MD to discuss the ongoing transition to the new code set at the 2012....

ICD-10: Our Red-Letter Day

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2012



The first day of school. The day of your wedding. The first day of a new job. Each of these are big, memorable dates that first loom on calendars and then linger long in memory.


For many of us in the HIM profession, October 1, 2013, was a red-letter day too-the original impl....

Coding Diabetes Mellitus in ICD-10-CM: Improved Coding for Diabetes Mellitus Complements Present Medical Science

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2012


Results of a recent coding and clinical documentation pilot study indicate that the ICD-10-CM coding classification changes made for diabetes mellitus have significantly improved coding for this disease. The results of the study noted that although a few ICD-10-CM "unspecified" diabetes codes....

Start Implementing ICD-10

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012


You’ve arrived! Now just determine your position in healthcare to get your ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation needs.

A brief list of the job types, organized by facility type.

Physician’s Office



Physician Champion

You are the resource physicia....

Ensuring Remote Coding Compliance

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2012


More and more HIM department managers are turning to remote coding. However, before implementing this staffing model, managers must answer several questions regarding the privacy and security of patient information, including:
What are the compliance risks?
How will privacy and secu....

FY 2012 ICD-10-PCS Updates

Author: Rihanek, Theresa

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2012


Limited updates were made to ICD-10-PCS for fiscal year 2012 as set forth under the partial code freeze established by the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee.1 The freeze is intended to aid the transition to the new code set by limiting updates for 2012 and 2013 to essential chan....

ICD-10 Critical Pathway for Getting Started : 2012 and Beyond

Author: AHIMA; HIMSS

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: February 20, 2012


February 17, 2012

Background

The transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS comes with various unknowns such as quality of coded data, reimbursement rates, and interoperability. Published in January 2009, the HIPAA regulation that required this transition to occur must be i....

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