Coding and the Third-Party Option

By Selena Chavis for For The Record As outsourcing models gain a foothold, health care organizations weigh the pros and cons. Outsourced models are increasingly recognized as an attractive and viable option for a number of operational areas within health care organizations. In line with this trend, many organizations are considering the potential of moving either…

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Survey: Coding Productivity Dipped After ICD-10 Implementation

Article by Mary Butler. This article was originally published on the Journal of AHIMA website on June 13, 2016 and is republished here with permission. The implementation of ICD-10 did result in a perceived loss of coding productivity, with a minimal dip in coding accuracy, according to a recent coding productivity and accuracy survey. The survey was…

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Take Advantage of Expanded External Cause Codes in ICD-10

By Cathie Wilde, RHIA, CCS, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer for ICD10 monitor Monday, 11 January 2016 During the transition to ICD-10, external cause codes – the codes that capture specific details about an injury or health event – received a bad reputation. Many ICD-10 naysayers highlighted what they viewed as the absurdity of them. In an…

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Did a Cholera Outbreak Inspire ICD-1?

By Dr. Jon Elion for ChartWise Medical Systems, Inc. In my blog entry of July 8, 2015, I summarized some of the history of the first international classification of diseases, a process that started in 1853 and was finally approved in 1893. While this was not officially called “ICD-1”, it was in fact the first international…

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