Oncology Quality Studies: Creating a Team of Subject Matter Experts

Suzanne Neve, RHIA, CTR - Director, Cancer Registry Leave a Comment

There is a Japanese proverb that says, “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” When cancer programs start establishing the quality initiative activities each year, they should set aside time to plan and explore proposed topics before launching into analysis or implementing solutions. Failure to take plan or methodically conduct a study...

Cracking the IR Code: Catheterization Coding Basics

Stacie L. Buck, RHIA, CCS-P, RCC, RCCIR, CIRCC Leave a Comment

It is widely acknowledged that interventional radiology is one of the most complex medical coding specialties to master. There are many reasons why interventional radiology coding is so very challenging, but one of the main reasons is that many codes may be required to accurately capture all of the steps of a vascular procedure. To achieve success with interventional...

ICD-10-PCS Coding for Angiography

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Leave a Comment

When coding angiography procedures in ICD-10-PCS, a number of variables can make it challenging to get the coding right. For instance, knowing what value a particular type of contrast maps to is necessary to assign codes accurately. To help you make correct character selections when coding angiography the information that follows provides a high level review of each...

COVID-19 and Cancer-Directed Surgery

Michele Webb CTR Leave a Comment

Elective surgeries were largely postponed or stopped entirely as the COVID-19 pandemic bore down on us. But as incidence and infection rates begin to taper off, the focus in many hospitals and surgery centers is turning to how they will “ramp up” to prepare for elective surgeries again. Understanding the current protocols, e.g., beds, testing, operating rooms (ORs) and...

Cancer Screening During a Pandemic

Michele Webb CTR Covid-19 Leave a Comment

More than 600,000 people in the United States died from cancer in 2020 according to the American Cancer Society.   The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reported that an additional 10,000 deaths will occur in the next date due to pandemic-related delays in screening and treatment in patients diagnosed with breast and colorectal cancers. Given this we can ascertain that the...

Building a Foundation for Inpatient Coding of Neoplasm

Cathie Wilde, RHIA, CCS - Director, Coding Services Leave a Comment

February is National Cancer Prevention Month which promotes taking personal action to lower your risks for cancer. These include making healthy lifestyle choices for diet, exercise, avoiding tobacco products, protection against the sun as well as getting recommended cancer screenings and vaccinating against certain viruses that can cause cancer (e.g., human papillomavirus...

10 Best Tips for Coder Education Strategy

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Leave a Comment

You’ve got an education budget for 2021 and an entire team of motivated and knowledge-thirsty coders to teach. The challenging part? Choosing the topics. You need to choose wisely. After all, you’re taking coders out of a production environment for hours or even days at a time. Ideally, the information they glean is timely, immediately actionable, and relevant to your...

Injections and Infusions for Chemotherapy

Christy Matheson Leave a Comment

Coding Injections and Infusions for Chemotherapy Coding injections and infusions of chemotherapy agents often seems a little daunting, but understanding a few foundational definitions and principles can make code selection much easier. Read on to review the basics of injection and infusion coding that apply when reporting the administration of chemotherapy. Injections ...

Roadmap to Address Barriers to Care

Suzanne Neve, RHIA, CTR - Director, Cancer Registry Leave a Comment

Many cancer patients encounter challenges that can delay or prevent them from receiving timely or appropriate care. In our current health care environment navigating cancer care services has become increasingly complex. Despite progress that is made to expand access, there are still gaps in the delivery system. The patient’s knowledge and understanding of their diagnosis...

Improving Patient Outcomes with Synoptic Operative Standards

Suzanne Neve, RHIA, CTR - Director, Cancer Registry Leave a Comment

New Synoptic Operative Standards Paving the way for Updated Best Practices of Cancer Care. Introduction Medical record documentation is an essential component to ensuring patient safety and quality of care in oncologic surgery. Surgical procedures are usually documented in narrative operative reports which are subjective and may lack important information. There is a...

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