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What’s New with Coding Non-Pressure Ulcers

Author: Sanvik, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018






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Many ICD-10-CM codes were added throughout code category L97, Non-pressure chronic ulcer of the lower limb, not elsewhere classified, and subcategory L98.4, Non-pressure chronic ulcer of the skin, not elsewhere classified, to provide....

Tracking the Changing Face of the Journal

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018










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Improving Specificity in ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding

Author: Zegan, Jacquie CCS, RCC

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018






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Valid ICD-10-CM/PCS (ICD-10) codes have been required for claims reporting since October 1, 2015. But ICD-10 diagnosis coding to the correct level of specificity—a more recent requirement—continues to be a problem for many in th....

Opportunity Behind the Headlines

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018












By Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, chief executive officer


Writing my first column in the Journal of AHIMA, I feel like I’m on solid ground. That’s because the topic for this issue, privacy and security, is a universal concern. It’....

Privacy: Protection or Obstacle?

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018




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By Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA


As health information management (HIM) professionals, we are privileged to be members of a profession that advocates for healthcare consumers. As a mother, caregiver, and HIM professiona....

How to Prevent Healthcare Cyber Extortion

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018












By Chris Dimick


Cybercrime may seem like a rare, unlikely risk to some healthcare providers. But the threat is real—and rising—whether a healthcare facility is small or large, rural or urban. According to a January 2018 report comm....

CY 2018 OPPS Update

Author: Sanvik, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 2018





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CY 2018 OPPS Update


By Gina Sanvik, MS, RHIA


Facilities had the ominous task of reviewing the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule at the beginning of the year to ensure their chargemaste....

Attack of the Audits

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2018





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Attack of the Audits

Mounting Reviews Test HIM Policies and Patience


By Lisa A. Eramo, MA


The recent onslaught of audits in the healthcare industry, and the damage they leave in their wake, likely has many....

FY 2018 Changes to Acute Care Hospital IPPS

Author: Rugg, Donna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

By Donna Rugg, RHIT, CDIP, CCS

The fiscal year (FY) 2018 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule was released August 3, 2017 and impacted discharges beginning October 1, 2017. This is version 35 of the MS-DRG grouper. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (C....

IG Pulse Check

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

New AHIMA Study Measures IG Adoption Rates

By Mary Butler

It’s safe to say that information governance (IG) has moved on from its status as a healthcare buzzword to being understood by healthcare professionals at all levels—even if implementing actual IG initiatives sti....

CY 2018 CPT Updates

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

By Angie Comfort, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P

The holidays have come and gone. Now, we must focus our professional attention on what did not “go” with the ringing in of the new year: those 2018 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code updates. As is customary for every January 1st,....

Chatbots Moving into Healthcare Registration

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

If you’ve ever had a question about your cell phone bill or a dispute with an online retailer, you might have found the least stressful way to solve your problem is by clicking on the “chat with a representative” button. You’re not put on hold, the representative is exceeding....

Resolution ≠ Transformation

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

By Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA

The beginning of the year is a great time to reflect on the previous year’s events and to work on setting New Year’s resolutions—personal goals that will improve our lives or careers. It’s a good idea to contemplate what we mi....

The Arrest of a Nurse in Utah and Relevant Laws

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

By Jill Burrington-Brown, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA

On July 26, 2017, Alex Wubbels, a nurse in the burn unit at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, was arrested in an incident that has since been viewed widely on video captured from police body cameras. She refused to let a police phlebotomist....

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