In Coding
Sep 9th, 2019
In a world of uncertainty, one thing medical coders can count on is ICD-10-CM yearly updates. It’s already that time of year again when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases the ICD-10-CM code update for next year. Familiarizing yourself with the changes that go into effect Oct. 1 will help you capture ...
In Coding
Sep 6th, 2019
Rationales for ICD-10-CM updates are key to improved medical coding, data reporting, and physician reimbursement. Many of the ICD-10-CM updates for 2020, presented at the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting on Sept. 11-12, 2018, provide insight into the purpose of subsequent code changes, which can help you to use the updated code set more ...
Identify environmental and socioeconomic factors in health to improve the overall care of the patient population. At a local Blue Cross carrier conference I recently attended, J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, chief clinical transformation officer at RubiconMD, spoke eloquently about the challenges of identifying social determinants of health (SDOH) — a term we should all start ...
In Coding
Feb 27th, 2019
When diagnoses are linked by “with,” ICD-10-CM presumes a causal relationship, but should you? There are 11 possible definitions of the word “with,” according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. In ICD-10-CM, “with” has a single, specific meaning that must be applied with care. This may create a challenge when coding causal relationships because you are taught to ...
In Coding
Dec 2nd, 2018
In addition to updated guidelines summarized in November’s Healthcare Business Monthly (“Change Is Here: Review the 2019 ICD-10-CM Guideline Updates,” pages 32-36) the 2019 ICD-10-CM code book gains 279 new codes, revises 143 codes, and deletes 51 codes. To help you prepare for the year ahead, here’s a quick, chapter-by-chapter rundown of the notable changes. ...