Mar 19th, 2015
Robert S. Gold, MD, wrote a letter (Sepsis Letter) to Medical Classification Administrator Donna Pickett, MPH, RHIA, of National Center for Health Statistics explaining that when the 995.9x code set came out with directions for use, “the sequencing and the reporting in the Official Coding Guidelines for ICD-9-CM and in AHA’s Coding Clinic, the incidence of ...
Dec 1st, 2014
The ICD-9-CM hypertension table is eliminated and more concise codes capture the “silent killer.” by Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hypertension affects one in three adults in the United States, or approximately 68 million people. It contributes to one out of ...
Target where your practice squanders resources and alleviate the waste, long term. By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC There has been much speculation on the potential benefits of implementing ICD-10-CM and whether physicians will see any benefit — or even if patients will. What I’m suggesting will benefit both. You’ve heard how ...
[Road Map to ICD-10] Continue preparing, keep calm, and code on. By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC The delay of ICD-10 to no earlier than October 1, 2015 prompted many changes throughout the healthcare industry, as well as for AAPC members. Here is an explanation of how the delay happened, and ...
Accurate ICD-10 coding requires understanding criteria for different clinical conditions. By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC If you find coding perceived chronic conditions confusing, you’re not alone. Even seasoned coders have been known to get it wrong now and again. To work through it, it’s important for you to understand that ...