In Audit
Aug 30th, 2017
One week after the release of the 2018 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency released an errata with updated rules for diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and principal diagnosis. And while some publishers, like AAPC, were able to put their ICD-10-CMs to press with the new guidelines, it was too ...
In Coding
Aug 2nd, 2016
Hypertensive heart disease refers to a group of disorders that includes heart failure, ischemic heart disease, and left ventricular hypertrophy. It is the number one cause of death associated with high blood pressure. Documentation must state (heart failure due to hypertension) or imply a causal relationship (hypertensive heart failure) to assign a code from category ...
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 ...
Best practices for identifying and managing this costly condition. by Jerry Penso, MD, MBA As physicians play a key role in improving population health and managing healthcare costs, they have an opportunity to address a chronic condition that dramatically affects health outcomes: hypertension. Despite our industry’s efforts to manage this disease, hypertension affects one in ...
Jun 1st, 2013
By Kathy Philp, CPC Medical records documentation tells the relevant story of a patient in a way that even a provider who has never met the patient can understand. That level of detail may sound like a lot of work, but if the provider documents well on the initial visit, documenting subsequent visits is easier. ...