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Coding Zika Virus

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 10, 2016

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys. There has recently been a rise in incidences of the Zika virus in Brazil. More than 13 countries in the Americas have reported sporadic Zika virus infections, indicating....

FY 2016 CPT Updates

Author: Clack, Crystal

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

Publication Date: February 2016

When the first edition of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) was released in 1966, there were only 3,554 codes. In 2016, CPT, published by the American Medical Association (AMA), is celebrating its 50th birthday with 10,000 CPT codes. This year’s CPT updates include 140 codes added,....

Using Additional Diagnoses to Improve Productivity

Author: Martin, Ginny

Source: CodeWrite

Publication Date: February 2016

ICD-10 has now been in effect for several months and coding professionals have become more familiar with the new codes and guidelines. The initial training and education is complete and ongoing quality reviews are being done to analyze coding accuracy. But what else can this data tell us?....

Revisiting Unrelated Surgical Procedures (MS-DRGs 981-989)

Author: Wilson, Donna D

Source: CodeWrite

Publication Date: February 2016

Make a fresh start in the new year by revamping coding compliance plans to include a second level review of all claims that group into MS-DRGs 981-989 (Operating Room Procedure/Unrelated to Principal Diagnosis). Historically, MS-DRGs 981-989 have been "low hanging fruit" for outside audito....

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