MCC/CC Component of IPPS MS-DRGs

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS IPPS Leave a Comment

The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) methodology utilizes the major complication or comorbidity (MCC) and complication or comorbidities (CC) designation for specific ICD-10-CM codes to impact the relative weight (RW) of certain Medicare-Severity Diagnostic Related Groups (MS-DRGs). Identifying the MCC/CCs in the clinical documentation is a vital component to...

Solid Tumor Rules Changes for 2022 - Head and Neck

Patricia Hines, CTR Oncology Leave a Comment

Effective September 1, 2021, for all cases diagnosed January 1, 2022 and forward. Daily cancer abstracting requires the use of many manuals to abstract a patient’s case daily. One such manual is the Solid Tumor Rules manual by the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER). The use of this manual, which according to the CancerRegistryeducation.org...

CPT Urology Updates for 2022

Caitlin Wham, CCS CPT updates Leave a Comment

Each year the AMA (American Medical Association) publishes new, revised, and deleted codes to the CTP code set, including logic and rationale related to the updates. The CPT code set for 2022 includes several changes to the urinary system as well as a new Category III code. In this blog, we will discuss the changes regarding periurethral balloon continence device...

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)...Interest and Emphasis Continues in FY2023

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS SDOH Leave a Comment

The annual ICD-10-CM classification system update for FY2023 brings many new codes and included in this we find three new codes for the Social Determinants of Health or SDOH category. Attention for capturing SDOH continues across all healthcare settings. Ensuring that clinical documentation and coding are in sync is a priority.  It is well known that socioeconomic factors...

Telling a Patient’s Cancer Story in 8000 Characters or Less: The Use of Abbreviations in an Abstract

Patricia Hines, CTR Cancer Registry Leave a Comment

The daily struggle is real for cancer registrars with each abstract on how to stretch 1000 characters per text box while reporting a patient’s cancer story.  Eight thousand characters may sound like a lot until you start typing away. How many times did you focus on typing the patient’s information into a text box just to find out you already reached your 1000-character...

Hip Arthroplasty – It’s Not as Complicated as You May Think

Becky Buegel, RHIA, CDIP, CHP Medical Coding Leave a Comment

As every coder knows, the hip, one of the largest joints in the body, is a ball and socket joint. Looking at the hip’s anatomy, the “socket” portion is formed by the acetabulum, and the “ball” is the upper end of the femur. The bony surfaces of the hip are covered by articular cartilage that cushions the bones, permitting easy movement. The synovial membrane surrounding...

CPT Updates for 2022: Osseointegrated Auditory Implants

Caitlin Wham, CCS CPT updates Leave a Comment

Each year the AMA (American Medical Association) publishes new, revised, and deleted codes to the CPT code set, including logic and rationale related to the updates. The CPT code set for 2022 includes several changes regarding osseointegrated auditory implants. These changes include revisions of guidelines and parenthetical notes, as well as new, revised and deleted...

New Assigned Roles Within Rapid Cancer Reporting System (RCRS) Starts This Week

Patricia Hines, CTR Cancer Registry Leave a Comment

In September 2020, the well-known RQRS and NCDB Call for Data submissions programs were phased out with the release of the Commission on Cancer’s (COC) National Cancer Database (NCDB) new Rapid Cancer Reporting System (RCRS). The RQRS along with NCDB’s Call for Data, were both important tools used for quality improvement and real time reporting in accredited CoC...

Digital Tools Provide Solutions to Post-Pandemic Problems

Heather Chartier, MS, RHIA, CCA Covid-19 Leave a Comment

Digital technologies play an important role in meeting the challenges of the post-pandemic world. Top agenda items for health systems moving out of the pandemic involve developing virtual care models, methods for coping with the financial aftermath, and crisis management lessons learned. Developing Virtual Care Covid-19 caused businesses and health systems to pivot...

988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

MRA Health and Wellness Leave a Comment

In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to be operated through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Beginning July 16, 2022, 988 will be the new three-digit dialing code connecting people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where compassionate, accessible care and support is available for anyone experiencing mental...

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