CAM, Acupuncture, and Medicare

Becky Buegel, RHIA, CDIP, CHP Outpatient Coding 1 Comment

CAM? Isn’t she some female American country music singer/songwriter? No – a CAM is a rotating or sliding piece in a mechanical linkage that has something to do with turning rotary motion into linear motion – at least that’s what the dictionary said. Besides, what would have female country music singer or a car engine part have to do with acupuncture? Well, they have...

Retirement Looms for 3.5 Million Retirees; How H.I.M. Directors deal?

Heather Chartier, MS, RHIA, CCA Revenue Cycle Leave a Comment

According to a Pew Research Center analysis, retirement looms for 3.5 million retirees over the next year, including the most recent labor force data.1 Many organizations face this worrisome predicament, yet many health information management departments struggle with being proactive in their planning efforts. This week's blog post asked three healthcare industry leaders...

FY2022 Physician Fee Schedule Is Released

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS Profee Coding Leave a Comment

On November 2nd, 2021, the Centers for Medicare, and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their 2022 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule, which is 2,414 pages in length. Included in this policy ruling was also some other Medicare Part B issues. The PFS rule making is part of the Biden Administration strategy of better accessibility, quality, affordability, empowerment,...

ICD-10-CM Guideline Updates for FY2022: Key Changes and Highlights

Caitlin Wham, CCS HIM Leave a Comment

Several important updates and additions were made to the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting for fiscal year 2022. Although key changes will be highlighted in this article, be sure to review the new and revised guidance in its entirety to ensure proper diagnosis coding and reporting. Additionally, visit our blogs about 9 Tips to Calm Coder Anxiety, ...

What You Need to Know About Palliative Care in 2021

Suzanne Neve, RHIA, CTR - Director, Cancer Registry Oncology 1 Comment

The purpose and intent of palliative care is often misunderstood. In 1990 the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized palliative care as a distinct medical specialty dedicated to relieving the suffering and improving the quality of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses, chronic disease, or serious injury. Despite its twenty-plus year history, many healthcare...

OPPS FY2022 Final Rule - Overview

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS Revenue Cycle Leave a Comment

The Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule for Fiscal Year 2022 has been released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Included in the 1394 page OPPS final rule announcement that came on 11/2/2021 was the 2022 payment policy for Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) which is available at: ...

7 Points of Focus When Your Revenue Cycle Metric is Low

Heather Chartier, MS, RHIA, CCA Revenue Cycle Leave a Comment

Metrics represent values to measure an organization’s strategy. Leaders should understand that metrics cannot replace strategy. It can lead to behaviors that undermine the very strategy the metrics expect to measure, resulting in negative consequences for all. Remember the severe negative repercussions the banking giant, Wells Fargo experienced when it aggressively pushed...

AMA COVID-19 J&J Booster Vaccine Code Released

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS Covid-19 Leave a Comment

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced the addition to the Current Procedural terminology (CPT® ) code set of a new COVID-19 booster for the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The October 27, 2021, AMA press release explains that this vaccine is added to the other booster vaccine doses from both Pfizer and Moderna. The new CPT code...

Spinal Cord Tumors: Reportable or Not?

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

Deciding whether a spinal cord tumor is reportable or not can be a daunting task for even experienced cancer registrars. The decision-making process used for correct case-finding must begin with an understanding of the anatomy, terms and definitions used, and how benign and malignant spinal cord tumors are classified.     Spinal cord tumors are defined by their position...

Metabolic Complications of Diabetes Mellitus

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

Diabetes mellitus (DM) Types 1 and 2 are both known to be associated with a variety of complications. Some complications, like kidney disease or ophthalmic problems are, more often than not, related to poorly controlled diabetes. Acute metabolic complications are one of the many different types of complications that can develop in patients with diabetes. These...

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