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Quest for Quality and Comparability in the National Healthcare Database: Announcing A Payer’s Guide to Health Care Data Quality and Integrity

Author: AHIMA Coding Policy and Strategy Committee

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 1996


As the computer-based patient record slowly becomes a reality, the need has never been greater for a national cooperative effort to recognize and apply uniform terminology and coding guidelines for both the clinical community and fiscal intermediaries. AHIMA’s Coding Policy and Strategy Commit....

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 1998


The term "erythema multiforme" was first used by von Hebra in 1866 to describe a disease characterized by symmetrically distributed, pleomorphic, evolving cutaneous lesions, located primarily on the extremities, and by a proclivity for recurrence. In 1922, Stevens and Johnson....

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 1998


Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, the tissue around the joints, and other organs in the body. An autoimmune disease is one in which the body tissues are mistakenly attacked by the body's own immune system. Patients have antibodies in....

Brief History of ICD-10-PCS

Author: Mullin, Robert L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 1999


The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) was developed as a replacement for the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) volume 3, Procedures. This version of ICD, in use since J....

Clarifying Selected CPT Modifiers

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2000


Coding for professional services is complicated enough when coding professionals are charged with assisting the physician to select the best five-digit number for the services rendered. It becomes even more complex when circumstances of the case require the CPT code to be modified. Add....

Coding for APCs: Case Studies

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: July 2000


When APC implementation begins on August 1, HIM professionals can expect increased complexity when coding outpatient encounters. Examining case studies in selected areas subject to APC payment may help coding professionals better understand the APC reporting process. Although coding guidelines....

ICD-9-CM Code Revision for 2001

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2000


Effective October 1, 2000, 100 new ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes and nine new ICD-9-CM procedure codes have been implemented. Because there were no ICD-9-CM revisions last year, these new codes are the result of two years’ worth of revisions. Coding professionals should familiarize themselves with....

Next Generation of E/M Guidelines

Author: Hill, Emily

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2000


Few non-clinical issues have inspired as much discussion, revision, and anxiety as the evaluation and management (E/M) services and their accompanying documentation guidelines. E/M services have produced a cottage industry focused on ensuring that medical records contain necessary docu....

CPT Changes for 2001

Author: O'Hara, Karen

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2001




CPT 2001 Professional Edition (CPT® 2001) is complete and should be landing on your desk soon. As an introduction to the new book, this article provides a brief summary of the changes in 2001. A complete listing of the code and guideline changes can be found in CPT Changes 2001:....

Preparing the Physician Office for HIPAA

Author: Uppena, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2001




Change has been a constant factor in coding and reimbursement with the intensified focus on billing, compliance, and cost control. Out of necessity, coding professionals in physician settings have learned to be organized, adaptable, and armed with the latest information. The mandates....

Covering the Bases of Coding Compliance

Author: Hapner, Peggy

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2001




As HIM professionals already know, data quality-one of the basic tenets of compliance-depends on comprehensive documentation and accurate code assignments. Because coding plays a major role in payment, reporting data accurately, managing data flow and data collection, and training st....

Coding Under the HIPAA Umbrella

Author: Russo, Ruthann

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2001





Although coding professionals are not ultimately responsible for ensuring appropriate release of patient-protected information, it is important that they understand that coded data is not only one of the most desired pieces of information in the patient’s record, it is also the....

E-assistance for Coding Professionals

Author: Uppena, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2001




Is the Web a part of your work day? Make sure it is. From purchasing products to distance learning to online coding, coding professionals can find all kinds of resources online to meet their needs.

A Look at the Future

In a recent survey, health system CEOs were ask....

Putting Productivity Plans to Work

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2001




This is the last in a series of three "Coding Notes" articles addressing productivity measurement and incentive plans for coding professionals. The April Journal of AHIMA (vol. 72, no. 4) article discussed the general principles of developing facility-specific productivity m....

ICD-9-CM Codes Ready for 2002

Author: Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2001


For those reporting ICD-9-CM codes for all diagnoses coding, and hospitals reporting ICD-9-CM volume III for procedures, fall is the time to review and implement the changes and revisions for fiscal year 2002.

The ICD-9-CM coding changes for fiscal year 2002 were released in the Augus....

2002 DRG Updates Already in Effect

Author: Uppena, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2001



The 2002 diagnosis related group (DRG) updates went into effect October 1, 2001. With the implementation of these changes to the hospital inpatient DRGs portion of the prospective payment system (PPS), there will be 499 DRGs in 25 Major Diagnostic Categories (MDCs).


Changes t....

CPT Changes for 2002

Author: O'Hara, Karen

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2002


Coders need to keep their resources current—including updating the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes every year with the annual CPT book. This article provides a brief summary of the changes made to the CPT 2002 code set. The complete list of changes can be found in Appendix B of....

Anthrax: What Every Coder Should Know

Author: Stanfill, Mary H

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2002


The inhalation anthrax identified by a Florida physician in October 2001, during the recent series of bioterrorist attacks, was the first case of reported inhalation anthrax in the United States in more than 25 years.1 With the threat of anthrax as a biological weapon, correct coding could be....

Coding on the Home Front

Author: Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2002


Recently, a group of coders participated in a survey about their day-to-day experiences as remote, or at-home coders. The survey asked a series of questions related to the positives and negatives of coding at home versus coding in the more traditional office setting. Below is a summary of the....

Society for Clinical Coding Comes Around as CoP

Author: D'Amato, Cheryl; Hoag, Patience J.; Crocker, Elsa; Neville, Deborah; Carpenter-Barbee, Cheryl; Bartell, Laurie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2002


Remember the glorious Knights of the Round Table who made Camelot famous? King Arthur created a meeting place with special significance, a roundtable at which every seat had equal worth. AHIMA has embraced the spirit of this concept in a program known as coding roundtables, which are designed....

Major Changes for Heart Failure Codes in 2003: New Codes Put Sharper Focus on Diagnosing, Preventing Heart Failure

Author: Casey, Patricia E.; Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2003


Are you up to date with the latest revisions to the heart failure codes? A revision of the heart failure codes, effective October 1, 2002, was originally presented at the May 2001 ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting. At that meeting, representatives from Kaiser Permanente e....

Fracture Treatment Poses Coding Challenge: Multiple Treatment Options Require Special Attention

Author: Hutchinson, Mark R.; Stanfill, Mary H

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2003


There are 206 bones in the human body and each is susceptible to fracture. The choices in fracture management are complex and based on a number of issues including fracture type, fracture pattern, specific bone, age of fracture, age of patient, associated injuries, and physician preference. Co....

Sepsis, Related Terms Cause Confusion for Coders: Set the Record Straight About Sepsis, SIRS, Septic Shock

Author: Prophet-Bowman, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2003


Sepsis, severe sepsis, SIRS, and septic shock have long been a source of confusion for coders. New ICD-9-CM codes established recently for Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), and additional proposed code revisions have added to the confusion regarding the differentiation among these....

Internal Radiation Brings Hope to Prostate Cancer Patients: With Brachytherapy Treatment Come New HCPCS Codes

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2003


In 2003, the American Cancer Society estimates that 220, 900 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the US, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men.1 Today in the US, patients with prostate cancer have access to less invasive surgical cancer treatment plans. This arti....

Advances in Burn Reconstruction Complicate Coding: Get Familiar with Terminology, Techniques for Accurate Coding

Author: Erhardt, Walter L.; Medal, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2003


Recent advances in the science of wound healing are making an impact on the treatment of burns. This is particularly evident not only in the way burn wounds are being managed initially, but also in how these wounds are being reconstructed. While these scientific advances make this field an exc....

Choosing Modalities for Carotid Stenosis

Author: Wiley, Sean

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2003


One of the leading causes of stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) is carotid artery disease (CAD). With technology changing at such a rapid rate, it is difficult for physicians to decide on the gold standard of care when it comes to visualizing carotid stenosis. This article will explain....

CPT Category III Codes Cover New, Emerging Technologies: New Codes Developed to Address Issues in Light of HIPAA

Author: Beebe, Michael

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2003


In 1998, the American Medical Association (AMA) initiated the CPT-5 Project. This project was a broad-based and comprehensive effort to make needed and practical enhancements to the CPT code set that would address challenges presented by emerging user needs and HIPAA. One of the initiatives tha....

Understanding Diabetes Mellitus

Author: Huff, Garry L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2003


Diabetes mellitus represents a group of disorders that are characterized by hyperglycemia. The clinical and ICD-9-CM classification of diabetes mellitus have evolved as understanding of insulin physiology has expanded. This article will explain diabetes mellitus and its ICD-9-CM classification....

Changes Abundant for CPT 2004

Author: Hull, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2004


Changes for CPT 2004 affect all chapters, and it’s important to stay up to speed. This article presents a summary of CPT changes for 2004. Because a number of the procedures may be unfamiliar to some coding professionals, AHIMA has provided online links to descriptive articles on these s....

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