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Strategies for Remote Coding Success: Remote Coding Program Helps Norman Regional Retain Quality Coders

Author: Miller, Amy; Ridpath, Debra

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2010


Remote coding is helping organizations attract and retain experienced coding professionals at a time when highly skilled coding professionals are in short supply. Successfully implementing a remote coding program requires that facilities have their entire clinical documentation online and qual....

FY 2011 Changes to the Hospital IPPS

Author: DeVault, Kathryn

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2010


The final rule for the FY 2011 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System was released July 30, 2010. Changes in the rule went into effect with October 1, 2010, inpatient discharges.

The changes to MS-DRGs and the complication and comorbidity (CC) and major complication and comorb....

Overview of the ESRD PPS

Author: Nelson, Tanai S

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2010


In August the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established a new prospective payment system (PPS) for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities. The ESRD PPS will provide a single payment to ESRD facilities for renal dialysis services and other items and services related to home dial....

CPT Update 2011

Author: Smith, Gail I.; Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2011


Each year CPT adds codes to reflect new procedures and surgical techniques. For example, new codes were added in the surgical section to identify procedures performed using balloon catheters.

In addition, CPT continues to make editorial changes and add coding guidelines within the t....

CY 2011 Changes to the Hospital OPPS

Author: Karban, Karen M

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2011


The final rule for the calendar year 2011 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) was released November 24, 2010. Changes in the rule went into effect with January 1, 2011, outpatient hospital-based services.

The changes to OPPS continue to reflect packaging adjustments....

The Circulatory System and ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: Barta, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2011


Many coding professionals will need to learn new terminology and brush up on their anatomy and physiology (A&P) knowledge to prepare for the ICD-10-CM/PCS transition. Although it is still too early for intense training on the new code sets, now is the time for coding professionals to gain....

Staying Alert on Sleep Medicine Coding

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2011


The field of sleep medicine is rapidly expanding, and its coding and reimbursement are attracting more attention from federal and state governments, public health organizations, scientists, payers, auditors, the transportation industry, and healthcare consumers. Emerging topics in the area of....

Three-Day Window Updates

Author: Garrett, Gail S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2011


The Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010 was signed into law on June 25, 2010. One of its provisions revised the three-day payment policy, or the so-called "three-day DRG window."

This article highlights the changes to the three-da....

Preparing for the CAC Transition

Author: Bronnert, June

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: July 2011


One of the biggest technology advancements to influence coding since encoding systems is computer-assisted coding. CAC is the "use of computer software that automatically generates a set of medical codes for review, validation, and use based upon clinical documentation provided by healthcare p....

New ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Codes for FY 2012

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2011


The new ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes go into effect October 1, 2011. This date marks the last regular annual update to the ICD-9-CM code set before the partial code freeze. On October 1, 2012, there will be only limited code updates to ICD-9-CM to capture new technology and new diseases. There wil....

Coding Neoplasms in ICD-10-CM

Author: Bielby, Judy A

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2011


ICD-10-CM codes provide greater detail than ICD-9-CM codes for reporting neoplasms. In many instances, ICD-10-CM neoplasm codes can provide information on whether a neoplasm occurred in a right-sided or left-sided body part. ICD-10-CM also provides codes for reporting neoplasm sites with great....

FY 2012 Changes to the Hospital IPPS

Author: DeVault, Kathryn

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2011


The final rule for the FY 2012 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System was released August 1, 2011. Changes in the rule went into effect with October 1, 2011, inpatient discharges.
MS-DRG Documentation and Coding Adjustment

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services....

The Respiratory System and ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: DeVault, Kathryn

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2012


The transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS will provide coding professionals with the opportunity to enhance and improve their coding skills. However, it will also require coders brush up on their anatomy and physiology knowledge. This is the perfect time to gain a better understanding of the differences....

CY 2012 OPPS Update

Author: Rihanek, Theresa

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2012


The final rule for calendar year 2012 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) was released on November 30, 2011. The rule went into effect for outpatient hospital-based services January 1, 2012.

This article outlines the updates in the final rule.
Financial Impact....

CPT Code Updates for 2012

Author: O’Hara, Karen

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2012


The 2012 updates to the CPT code set include 278 new codes, 139 code revisions, and 98 code deletions. This brings the total number of CPT codes to 9,641.

All major sections of the CPT code set, as well as the introduction and appendix A, have undergone changes. Beginning with the i....

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....

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....

Communication with a Side of Encouragement, Please: Effective Communication Strategies for a Smooth CDI Program implementation Transition

Author: Flood, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2012


Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs are spreading rapidly across the United States-and for good reason. They help facilities improve the level of documentation that goes into the patient medical record, leading to fewer errors and an overall improvement for continuity of care. Bu....

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....

Coding Open Fractures in ICD-10-CM

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2012


Fractures are a common medical malady, and coders encounter them often. But the differences between coding fractures in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM are vast.

Upon implementation of ICD-10-CM the code system currently in place for fractures within ICD-9-CM will cease to exist, and a new,....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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