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ICD-9-CM Refresher

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 11, 2014





Focus has been on training in ICD-10-CM/PCS for the past few years. With yet another delay, many organizations are slowing down their ICD-10 training and changing their focus back to ICD-9-CM.


The first quarter of 2014 was historic in “coder world” since t....

Bird’s Eye View of ICD-10 Documentation Gaps: Vendor analysis offers big picture look at nationwide documentation holes—and how to fill them

Author: Hinkle-Azzara, Barbara; Carr, Kimberly J

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014



Increased clinical specificity is one of the greatest advantages of moving to ICD-10-CM/PCS. With specificity comes the ability to perform granular research that can help uncover significant trends and statistics to identify causes of diseases, links between diseases, and more. While heal....

Coding ICD-10-PCS Medical and Surgical-Related Sections: Understanding Osteopathic, Other Procedures, and Chiropractic

Author: Barta, Ann

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

Publication Date: June 2014


Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three articles discussing the Medical and Surgical-related sections of ICD-10-PCS.

IN THIS ARTICLE, the Journal of AHIMA continues its three-part Coding Notes series focusing on the nine Medical and Surgical-related sections of ICD-10-PC....

Overcoming the Risks of Copy and Paste in EHRs

Author: Haugen, Heather

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014



With warm weather comes allergy season and possibly hundreds of patients visiting a physician who have similar symptoms, diagnoses, and treatment recommendations. Challenged by the documentation processes in the electronic health record (EHR) and starved for time, the physician may resort....

Coding ICD-10-PCS Medical and Surgical-Related Sections: Understanding Measurement and Monitoring, Extracorporeal Assistance and Performance, and Extracorporeal Therapies

Author: Barta, Ann

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

Publication Date: May 2014



Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three articles discussing the Medical and Surgical-related sections of ICD-10-PCS.


In this article, the Journal of AHIMA continues its three part Coding Notes series focusing on the nine Medical and Surgical-related secti....

Computer-assisted Coding Toolkit

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA toolkit

Publication Date: May 2014

This toolkit provides many of the necessary tools and documents necessary for a successful implementation. It will be helpful to those who wish to plan and prepare for the implementation of CAC in ambulatory (including physician), acute care inpatient, or outpatient hospital settings.

Too Many Coding Systems, Too Much to Do: Different Clinical Classification and Clinical Terminology Systems Uniquely Impact IT, Quality Management

Author: Kohn, Deborah

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014



The notion of managing and being accountable for the health status of defined populations requires much more sophisticated clinical data collection methods and skills than most healthcare organizations have today. Numerous “coding systems” have been used for decades to successf....

HIV/AIDS in ICD-10-CM

Author: Parman, Cindy C

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: May 2014



Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the immune system, the body's natural defense system. And of course, without a strong immune system the body has trouble fighting off disease. Both the virus itself and the resulting infection are called HIV. The final stage of HIV infection is a....

Healthcare Industry Stakeholders Letter to Secretary Sebelius concerning Adoption of ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: Advanced Medical Technology Association; AHIMA; American Hospital Association; American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA); Blue Cross and Blue Shield; College of Healthcare Information Management Executives; Health IT Now Coalition; Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA); 3M Health Information Systems; Roche Diagnostics Corporation; Siemens Health Services; Wellpoint

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: March 12, 2014

Joint letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner expressing continued support for the October 2014 adoption of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS.

Health IT Standards Committee Takes On Patient-Generated Health Data

Author: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy Team

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

Efforts from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in the area of patient-generated health data began in 2011. With mobile health on the rise and the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program progressing throughout the US healthcare system, these efforts continue to grow in importance to the future of healthcare and health information.

Coding Bunionectomy

Author: Kapoor, Alka

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: March 2014



Bunionectomy is a surgical procedure to excise a bunion. After reading this article you should be able to understand the concepts of assigning the correct CPT code for bunionectomy.



The online Encyclopedia of Surgery defines a bunion as "an enlargement of the joint at....

Help! I am Encoder-Dependent!

Author: Horn, Kelli

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: March 2014



Many coders in the workforce preparing to take their CCS examination acknowledge that they are dependent on encoders. While this is beneficial in performing daily job duties, it can be a hindrance to successfully passing the examination. The four-hour examination requires that exam-takers....

Peeking Over the Fence: a Look at Canadian Coding and CDI Processes, and How They Differ From the US Due to Varied Financial Structures

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014

Even with different payment models, Canada and the US are both working to reform healthcare with pay-for-performance and quality measurement reforms. Though using a single payer system, Canada still struggles with many of the same US HIM concerns—coding accuracy, clinical documentation improvement, and proper reimbursement.

Modifications to ICD-10-CM/PCS Under Review

Author: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy Team

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014

The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance (C&M) Committee, a public forum on ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS code updates, met in September 2013. Meetings of this committee are co-chaired by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Coding proposals are presented at these meetings and the public is given the opportunity to comment. No final decisions regarding the adoption of code proposals are made at the meetings, but are made by the director of NCHS and the administrator of CMS.

CPT Receives Update for 2014

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2014



On January 1, 2014, the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) was updated with additions, revisions, and deletions. In total, 175 new codes were added, 107 codes were revised, and 47 codes were deleted. In addition, editorial changes and coding guideline addi....

2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS Updates

Author: Barta, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2014



This article highlights the 2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS updates as approved by the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee, which includes representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Center for Health Statistics. As a result of the partial code set....

Last Call for ICD-9-CM

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013


October 1, 2013 could be a day sentimental HIM veterans raise a glass to a longtime friend—or perhaps foe. For October 1 signifies the end of an era; it is the effective date of the final ICD-9-CM update before ICD-10-CM/PCS codes kick in on October 1, 2014.


In a statement t....

A New Era for Clinical Quality Measurement Data: Standardization, Automation of Clinical Quality Measurement and Reporting

Author: Taylor, Lisa Brooks

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



Set on course by the National Quality Strategy (NQS) and fueled by the "meaningful use" EHR Incentive Program, clinical quality measurement is entering a new era. A primary objective of the NQS, which was developed by a multistakeholder collaboration convened by the National Quality Forum....

Quality Approach to the ICD-10 Transition: Ensuring Accurate Data Integrity and Care Delivery During the Move to the New Code Set

Author: Nemchik, Scot

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



With the ICD-10-CM/PCS compliance deadline looming, most healthcare organizations are working to educate staff and update technology to prepare for the transition. Despite this preparation, there is very little to indicate how the transition to ICD-10 will affect quality tied to data, repo....

AHIMA Comments on CMS' Proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, published in the July 19, 2013 Federal Register

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: September 06, 2013

Comments on the proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, focusing on sections of the proposed rules that are of specific relevance and interest to AHIMA members.

Hiring Tips for ICD-10 Help

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013


Staff up or suffer. That is one message HIM professionals are hearing regarding the upcoming ICD-10-CM/PCS transition. Clinical documentation specialists will be needed to ensure clinicians adequately document provided care that validates the new, more detailed ICD-10 codes. Coders with ICD-10....

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