AHIMA 2016 is Here!!

The time has come! The 2016 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit has arrived and is in full swing right now in Charm City, and we hope you’re getting the most out of this outstanding event. This year’s theme is “Inspire Big Thinking to Launch our Future,” and we’ve definitely seen this to be an important message […]

A Hard Look at ICD-10 Specificity

In our previous blog, we posed a series of questions that AHIMA convention goers might wish to consider while at the event. They included: “Is my organization’s ICD-10 coding consistently accurate?” In retrospect, we should have added: “Have we achieved the specificity required?” That’s because, as CMS has advised, there’s a difference between a “correct” […]

Are you ready for AHIMA 2016?

This year’s AHIMA Convention in Baltimore, MD takes on the issues surrounding the massive amounts of data available today, looking at how it can and should be governed for healthcare purposes and its role in shaping the industry’s future. A behemoth that grows daily, so-called “Big Data” burst on the healthcare scene in tsunami-like fashion, less […]

The 2016 Rio Olympics: Decoded

This year’s Olympics in Rio have been nothing short of a wild ride – a nail biting roller coaster, for that matter – with the kind of excitement we all come to anticipate from the games. But when you have world-class athletes performing mind-bending feats of strength and agility, it’s pretty much a given that someone’s going to […]

New Rules Gives Providers and Employers Improved Access to Information for Better Patient Care

If there weren’t already enough pressing reasons for accurate and precise documenting and coding in the healthcare world, now enter MACRA. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, known as MACRA, is the next generation of healthcare legislation. In short, the law (which already is more than 900 pages long) hopes to drive the mass […]

Training at Your Station

As noted recently on revcycleintelligence.com, multiple mandates of healthcare reform make it imperative that hospitals “have an effective revenue cycle management system in place so they can handle the financial pressures that come from regulation.” Still, according to the article, not all are prepared. Reasons include a lack of staff training across the revenue cycle. It […]

CMS Announces New Excluded ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an alert last week regarding newly excluded ICD diagnosis codes. According to the statement, diagnosis code 999.9 (other and unspecified complications of medical care, not elsewhere classified) will be added to the list of excluded ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes and will no longer be accepted by CMS […]

Why CDI is Important – in Six Figures

Yikes! According to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), a Louisiana hospital incorrectly billed Medicare for claims with a diagnosis of malnutrition (specifically, kwashiorkor), receiving $321,971 in overpayments during a five-year period. As reported on medicarecompliancewatch.com, kwashiorkor, a type of severe protein malnutrition that affects children in subtropical or tropical regions during food shortages, is […]