7 questions for vendor relationships in ICD-10

  The following Latin proverb seems to be particularly relevant in light of ICD-10: “Times change, and we change with them.” By now, ICD-10 has spurred many changes in technology, templates, coding, documentation, and more. However, to be truly successful, organizations must look beyond their HIM internal processes and ask this question: Must the organization’s […]

Think “reciprocity” to combat coder/CDI turf wars in ICD-10

Unfortunately, the silos between coders and CDI professionals still exist in many hospitals. In some organizations, the walls may be slowly coming down, but in others, the silos stand tall. The irony is these two roles actually have more in common than they might realize. With communication and collaboration, coders and CDI specialists actually have […]

Dissect the operative note with physicians to ensure ICD-10 readiness

As the ICD-10-CM/PCS deadline approaches, it behooves HIM professionals to remind CDI specialists and physicians about important components of a thoroughly-documented operative note. Such a note supports accurate code assignment for reimbursement, and it also provides an accurate record for continuity of care as well as quality initiatives and legal and research purposes. Most important […]

9 tips to calm coder anxiety heading into ICD-10

Anxiety is always tough to combat, and with the implementation of ICD-10 quickly approaching, coders’ anxiety levels may be at an all-time high. The entire journey has been a rollercoaster, making it difficult to manage emotions and prepare mentally for a go-live date that has essentially been a moving target. Although the House of Representatives […]

Know how to code complications of the flu during this peak season

It’s that time of year again—flu season. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 43 states are experiencing high or widespread flu activity mostly due to the spread of the H3N2 virus. For the week ending December 27, 2014, visits for influenza-like illness accounted for 5.9% of all clinic visits. […]

Coders, Use Those Resources

        In today’s electronic world, coders have a variety of technology tools to make their jobs easier. These applications boost coder productivity while also improving code quality and accuracy. With the inevitable implementation of ICD-10, the reliance on coding technology will become even more prevalent—and important. Here are key coding resources every […]

Changing Roles for Coding Professionals

Role changes are on the horizon for coding professionals. With the implementation of Computer Assisted Coding (CAC), ICD-10 and Hospital Value-based Purchasing (HVBP), clinical coding will take on different forms and new responsibilities. Traditional coding careers may transition to auditors, data analysts or even clinical documentation improvement / integrity specialists (CDIS). Coders → Auditors Coders […]

Eight Tips to Win Coding Denials

How to Successfully Navigate Appeals Even with the temporary suspension of RAC reviews, hospitals continue to deal with insurance denials from a multitude of third party payers. Responding to these coding denials is time consuming. HIM, revenue cycle and coding professionals are further frustrated when they believe their cases were correctly coded from the start. […]

Coding Quality Points to Ponder

Nothing is more dangerous than an incorrect code. Whether in ICD-9, ICD-10 or CPT, your organization’s coding practices must be ethical, complete, accurate and compliant. So how are you measuring coding quality today? Which of the following best practices do you use? Perform periodic internal coding quality audits. Review all new hire records until coding accuracy standard […]

The ICD-10 Verdict is in…7 strategies from MRA

Every lesson learned is a step forward. This past week’s decision by the Senate certainly provided a few new lessons for hospitals. First and foremost, we are reminded to “never say never”. And secondly, we can now take a breath and contemplate how to respond. Serious questions now emerge for everyone. The first of these […]

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