ICD-10 is Risky Business

The risks associated with the changeover to ICD-10 on Oct. 1 have been numerous and varied. Will there be increased allegations of false claims? Did the recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) clarification regarding “families” of codes alleviate...

Incorporate Coding Quality Audits into ICD-10 Preparations

As organizations continue to search for ways to mitigate coder productivity loss following implementation of ICD-10, they also must consider methods to monitor and enhance coding accuracy. After all, productive coders are only effective when those coders assign...

ICD-10: Race Against Time; No Turning Back

In many cases at larger health systems, however, it may still be six or more months. I am not sure when the last time you prepared for an exam was, but you certainly don’t stop studying a month before your score actually counts. If you are a good test taker, you...

Clinical Labs Likely to Face Challenges Under ICD-10

If none of these scenarios is the case, it will be up to laboratories to educate referring providers, then hopefully they can apply the knowledge received, which will require updating their physician office electronic medical record (EMR) systems and interfaces....

Encephalopathy and Delirium: Tomato-Tomatoe, Potato-Potatoe

Further adding to the confusion, ICD-10 includes a code for delirium resulting from other physiological cause (F05). ICD-10 seems to classify all infective psychosis (with the exception of septic), ICU psychosis, cases of delirium superimposed on dementia, sun...