FDA Removes Lifetime Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on December 21 that its lifting the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The ban has been in place for 32 years, since the AIDS crisis began in the United States, and has been a sore subject of contention for gay activists.
Due to modern testing methods of HIV, the removal of the FDA’s lifetime ban is justified, and has been replaced with “a policy barring donations from men who have had sex with another man in the previous year,” according to an Associated Press, NBC News article.
Source: Associated Press, Food and Drug Administration Lifts Formal Ban on Blood Donations From Gay Men
Santa’s Medical Chart
Delivering toys to children around the world in one day can take its toll. View Santa’s condition after last year’s voyage and how the professionals (elves?) at the North Pole Medical Clinic treated him. Santa gave his permission to share his chart. HIPAA regulations were followed in the creation of this graphic.
Operative Note Documentation Basics
A surgeon’s operative note should provide all the necessary documentation to describe the procedure performed. The note should “stand alone” as the only document needed to understand why the surgery was undertaken, and what occurred.
The following documentation that should be on every operative note:
- Patient’s name
- Preoperative Diagnosis
- Postoperative Diagnosis
- Surgeon’s Name
- Assistant Surgeon/Co‐Surgeon
- Indications for Surgery
- Findings at Surgery
Include Post-Op Diagnosis in Operative Note
Whenever possible, try to differentiate the pre-operative and post-operative diagnoses. For instance, a pathology report can provide additional details that allow for a more precise post-operative diagnosis. You may also wish to report any underlying co-morbid conditions that can affect the surgical outcome
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ACC Endorses AAPC for ICD-10 Committee
A second major physician organization asked Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell to make AAPC a Cooperating Party on the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) joins the American Medical Association (AMA) in recommending AAPC, saying “they represent the interests of individual physicians and healthcare providers who perform the majority of outpatient care in the U.S.”
Cooperating Parties on the committee include The American Hospital Association (AHA); The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA); the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the National Committee for Health Statistics (NCHS). The cooperating parties develop, approve, and advise on code development and guidelines required to report ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. HHS is accountable for the code set’s maintenance.
The letter of support from ACC said, “AAPC’s 141,000 members represent the highest level of expertise in the industry in the areas of medical coding, medical billing, medical auditing, compliance, and practice management.”
The ACC says it is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, charged with improving heart health. The organization has 141,000 members and joins a growing chorus of physicians and other healthcare providers seeking more representation on the Coordination and Maintenance Committee.