Coding Audits in the time of COVID: How Audits are Poorly Effecting Healthcare

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COVID-19 Related Coding Audits How Audits in the time of COVID are effecting healthcare institutions. In healthcare, audits, no matter how unpleasant they are, come with the territory. However, with the advent of the COVID-19 outbreak, audits have taken on a whole new level of dreadfulness. Read on to explore subjects related to the combination of Medicare’s medical...

To Code or Not to Code? Diagnostic Angiography with Therapeutic Interventions

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

To Code or Not to Code? That is the Question. Diagnostic Angiography with Therapeutic Interventions Stacie L. Buck, RHIA, CCS-P, RCC, RCCIR, CIRCC: President & Senior Consultant, RadRx One of the most common inquiries I receive about interventional radiology procedures is how to determine when to code for angiograms performed during the same session as a therapeutic...

5 Tips for Effective Post-Audit Education

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5 Tips to Provide Effective Post-Audit Education You’ve identified high-risk areas based on previous audits or the OIG Work Plan. Or perhaps you decided to audit new service lines or high-dollar as well as high-volume procedures. You’ve selected a random sample of claims. You’ve audited those claims to determine coding and documentation accuracy. Now what? It’s time to...

Coding COVID-19 Infection in Newborns

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Coding COVID-19 Infection in Newborns With the 2021 updates to the ICD-10-CM code classification came 14 new chapter specific guidelines. All but one of these guidelines is related to the coding of COVID-19 infection. Needless to say, COVID-19 is a big deal, and getting the coding for this condition correct has implications for both payment considerations and statistical...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month  Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the world and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Breast cancer can be developed at any point in someone’s life, though the risk increases with age. On average, breast cancer takes the life of an American women every 13 minutes, and another case of breast cancer...

Cancer Registry Reporting Deadlines

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

  When are your Cancer Registry Reporting Deadlines? The job of a cancer registrar is to collect and report data of cancer patients — capturing a full summary of the patient journey, from genealogical history to test results and treatment. This data is stored in hospital and healthcare facility registries and then reported to the central or state cancer registry as...

Cancer Registrar to Cancer Patient

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

  From Cancer Registrar to Cancer  Patient When I graduated from Long Island University, I had earned my bachelor’s degree in Medical Records Administration and Management. Just as every other graduate with a degree, I was thinking I would be a director of HIM right out of the gate. Naturally, that did not happen. My actual first job was as a part-time unit secretary for...

New FY 2021 Coding Guideline Updates Part III

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Read parts 1 and 2 of this blog for more information about ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS updates. FY 2021 Coding Guideline Updates:  The past two weeks we have discussed the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding changes effective October 1st, 2020. This week we will be reviewing any corresponding FY 2021 Coding Guideline Updates that are new or revised because of the annual coding...

ICD-10-PCS : NEW FY 2021 Coding Updates Part II

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ICD-10-PCS FY 2021 Updates Read Part 1, ICS-10-CM Coding Updates Here. as well as Part 3, Coding Guideline Updates, Here  The ICD-10-PCS update for FY 2021 will go into effect on October 1, 2020 and will cover patient discharges occurring from October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021. This year’s updates include the addition of 544 new codes. There are no deleted, nor...

New FY 2021 Coding Updates Part I: ICD-10-CM

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Read parts 2 and 3 of this blog for more updates on ICD-10-PCS and Coding Guideline Updates. ICD-10-CM Coding Updates effective October 1, 2020 (FY 2021) It is that time of year when the ICD-10-CM and PCS changes are right around the corner. Set to take effect on October 1, 2020 there are numerous updates to Official Coding Guidelines, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS. Medical...

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