Due Diligence: 2 Ways Outsourcing Medical Coding Helps Your Hospital

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One of the key trends to emerge from last month’s JP Morgan Healthcare Conference was the shifting mindsets of hospitals. For the last decade, hospitals have had a defensive mindset; acquiring or merging with smaller hospitals and physician practices to outpace their competitors and grow top line revenue. But to receive the full payoff of this consolidation, hospitals need to …

Understanding the Difference: Swan-Ganz Catheterization vs. Right Heart Catheterization

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Let’s first look at what a Swan-Ganz catheterization is and how the procedure is performed. The Swan-Ganz catheter is synonymous with a pulmonary artery catheterization. It was named in honor of its inventors who were Jeremy Swan and William Ganz from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 1970. It is a flow-directed catheter with a balloon tip that is inserted via an …

Documentation Management in Support of the Electronic Health Record

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Electronic Health Records (EHRs) continue to change the landscape of healthcare.  Although the technology and workflow of electronic documentation seems to make paper documents obsolete, a hybrid medical record exists in many healthcare settings.  Organizations need to determine which paper documents to include with the EHR, access to that documentation and when to include that information when releasing protected health …

Insight into Coding Diabetic Eye Conditions

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  There are a variety of conditions that can impact individuals with diabetes.  People with diabetes are at greater risk for developing eye problems that could lead to blindness or serious deterioration of sight.  Age also plays a role in the progression of eye disease in individuals with diabetes.  Cataracts, glaucoma and retinopathy are the most common eye diseases that …

Bringing Awareness to Kidney Cancer

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March is kidney cancer awareness month. So what is the role of our kidneys? The kidneys are bean shaped organs located on each side of the mid back. The kidneys are retroperitoneal organs that lie behind the peritoneum that lines the abdominal cavity. The main function of the kidneys are to filter the blood and get rid of excess water …

The Evolving Landscape for Health Information Management

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What are the most significant challenges for Health Information Management (HIM) departments?  One of the challenges in 2016 includes the disappearing HIM department; physical downsizing as well as workforce downsizing.  With the workforce downsizing we see technology impacting traditional roles for transcriptionists, documentation specialists and coders. HIM professionals need to manage business, clinical and information systems.  Some of the challenges …

The Principal Diagnosis Effect

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A sixty-nine year old male is admitted with severe abdominal pain and is found to have diverticulitis. He undergoes an open sigmoidectomy with pathology report revealing a peridiverticular abscess. The patient has other secondary conditions such as COPD, hypertension, Stage II chronic kidney disease, hypothyroidism and GERD. The coder codes K57.32 for the diverticulitis figuring the abscess will not make …

ICD-10-PCS Coding For Venous Access Lines and Catheters

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One challenging coding area with the ICD-10 transition is the coding of venous and arterial lines and catheters. This article aims to provide greater clarity with regard to procedure coding tips for coding of venous catheters. Types of Lines: Central Lines– (CVC)- Central Venous Catheter or central lines are inserted into large veins, typically the jugular, subclavian, or femoral vein. …

Cost, Efficiency And Expertise Challenges For Health Information Management Today And In the Future

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The Growth In HIM Roles In just 10 short years, the times have changed and with those changes the challenges facing today’s healthcare organizations are impacted by the speed of technology and continued decreasing revenue margins. When we think back to Health Information Management (HIM) Departments a decade ago, we were focused on managing a medical record that was hybrid, …

Top 10 Best Practices for Outsourcing Coding Services

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Medical Coding Outsourcing We live in a constantly expanding environment for outsourcing services, and the coding and health information industry is no stranger to outsourcing. Whether it is full department outsourcing, hand-picked silos of outsourcing for specific hard to fill or hard to train services or outsourcing to augment your current staff, utilizing contract labor can prove to be very …