ICD-10 in 2013

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a final rule for implementation of ICD-10-CM and -PCS this morning, with an implementation date of October 1, 2013. The new code set will replace the 30-year-old ICD-9-CM set. CMS had originally set a 2011 deadline in its notice of proposed rule making last year. The final rule summarizes the varied industry response that proposal received. A second rule sets implementation dates...

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2009 CPT Coding Update

Anita Majerowicz, MS, RHIA, is director of clinical coding and reimbursement at AHIMA. She offers this look at the 2009 CPT updates in the upcoming February print issue of the Journal. [Note: see the 2010 update here.] * * * Changes to CPT codes for 2009 include 293 additions, 133 revisions, and 92 deletions. This article highlights some of the more notable changes; a comprehensive list can be found in appendix B of the 2009 CPT code...

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New Help for Medical Homes

Physicians seeking to transform their primary-care practices are seeing increasing support for the patient-centered medical home model. Growing recognition from payers and new help with the transition are advancing the model as a viable future for primary care. In December consulting company TransforMED began offering products and services publicly for the first time, following a two-year national demonstration project aimed at...

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Auditing Copy and Paste

For organizations that allow clinicians to carry forward clinical documentation in electronic records, auditing its proper use is key to ensuring document integrity. Copying clinical documentation poses both clinical and compliance risk. The feature “Auditing Copy and Paste” offers guidance in creating a solid audit plan. The story is adapted from the broader AHIMA resource “Copy Functionality Tool Kit.” It...

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Terms for Terms

What’s the difference between a taxonomy and a terminology? A terminology and a vocabulary? The January “e-HIM Fundamentals” column offers help in differentiating the terms that describe data management in electronic clinical records. The online version (available to AHIMA members) offers an expanded list of...

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