According to a roundtable of coding experts and health information management professionals assembled in June, the implementation of ICD-11 will depend on several factors including whether or not there is a Clinical Modification.Read More
Black Book™ surveyed 3,300 healthcare organizations including over 1,600 coding professionals, to determine the top-performing vendors among in-demand computer-assisted coding, clinical documentation improvement software, speech recognition, transcription systems and…
By Lisa Ball – Medical coders are the unsung heroes of the healthcare industry. They are the link between the physicians and the payer that ultimately determine what the patient pays and what their treatment is. To those outside the industry, it may not seem like…
By Sharon Nichols – Everyone remembers the anxiety surrounding the finalized transition to ICD-10 in 2015, and while ICD-10 Monitor notes that the volume of changes is slowing, the 2019 Spine Surgery coding changes are significant.
By Beth Friedman – AHIMA held its 90th annual convention and exhibit last week in Miami, Florida. Amid humidity, convention center construction and political banter, attendees found common ground on two important revenue cycle issues: operational performance and payer denials.
By Robert F. Bacon – The provider community has been begging for documentation reform for over 20 years, and there is no question that simplifying the complex requirements of clinical documentation is necessary.
By Vasilios Nassiopoulos – With all the hoopla surrounding the recent announcement that CMS is proposing changes to Evaluation & Management (E/M) codes, you would think the government was eliminating documentation requirements altogether.
By Betty Schulte – All HIM leaders know that coding quality audits are critical. We can all agree the consequences of substandard coding – lost revenue, increased denials, and greater compliance risk – make the development of a comprehensive coding audit program a priority for healthcare providers of all sizes.
By Betty Schulte – The importance of accuracy and compliance in today’s coding environment cannot be overstated. High-quality coding is always a priority – but is there a way to make coding impervious to challenges? Unfortunately, the answer is “NO.”