In Coding
Apr 26th, 2016
HIV infection/illness is coded as a diagnosis only for confirmed cases. Confirmation does not require documentation of a positive blood test or culture for HIV; the physician’s diagnostic statement that the patient is HIV positive or has an HIV-related illness is sufficient. In the inpatient setting, HIV is the only condition that must be confirmed ...
Dec 23rd, 2015
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 ...
Dec 1st, 2015
Yesterday was World AIDS Day. Approximately 40,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with HIV in 2014. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reminded healthcare providers that they can do more to significantly decrease that number. Pre-exposure prophylaxix (PrEP), a pill taken daily, is said to prevent HIV in people who have not been ...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly 20 million new, sexually transmitted infections (STI) occur every year in the United States, accounting for almost $16 billion in healthcare costs. Medicare covers STI screenings for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis B once every 12 months, or at certain times during pregnancy. Certain conditions ...
Look beyond coding guidelines for complete and accurate reporting. By Chandra Stephenson, CPC, COC, CPB, CPCO, CPMA, CPC-I, CIC, CCS, CANPC, CEMC, CFPC, CGSC, CIMC, COSC In 2011, more than 1.2 million people in the United Sates were living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and only four in 10 of those individuals were in ...