COVID-19 and Cancer-Directed Surgery

Michele Webb CTR Covid-19 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...

Coding in the Time of Covid: CMS releases 12 New ICD-10-PCS

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Covid-19 Leave a Comment

During this time of year in the coding world we are preparing for the October 1st ICD-10-CM and PCS coding updates, but we were recently surprised with an announcement on July 30th from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Twelve new ICD-10-PCS procedure codes concerning Covid-19 therapeutics became effective August 1, 2020.  Per the CMS website announcement on...

COVID-19 Coding Implications Beyond U07.1

Cathie Wilde, RHIA, CCS - Director, Coding Services Covid-19 Leave a Comment

The current pandemic has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to take the unusual step of establishing a unique ICD-10 code for COVID-19 cases, U07.1 five months prior to the traditional U.S. implementation date for new codes. The use of the code became effective with April 1, 2020 discharges and was accompanied by updated coding guidance to the ICD-10-CM Official...

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