New ICD-10 e-Newsletter

AHIMA mailed the first issue of ICD-TEN today, a free e-newsletter on preparing for the transition to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. You can subscribe with just an e-mail address. Each issue contains news, practical coding information, the steps for implementation, educational resources, and more. The newsletter comes out monthly. AHIMA also offers a wide range of ICD-10 information on its Web...

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CMS Settles RAC Protest, Reinstates Program

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the parties involved in the protest over the award of Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) contracts had come to a settlement. This means that the stop work order has been lifted, and CMS will continue with the implementation of the RAC program. PRG-Shultz will serve as a subcontractor to HealthDataInsights, Diversified Collection Services, and CGI Technologies...

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VA to Pay $20 Million in Data Breach Case

Last week the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it would pay $20 million to settle a class action lawsuit resulting from a stolen laptop. The case resonated with a data breach story Journal writer Chris Dimick had just written for the current print issue, and he circled back with two law experts featured in the story to get their comments. First a little background. In 2006 a VA employee took home a laptop that included...

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Analyzing the ICD-10 Final Rule

AHIMA has posted a 13-page analysis of the final rule on the implementation of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. The summary is a good overview of the lengthier final rules published in the Federal Register. The final rule was published January 16. It designates ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS as medical data code sets under HIPAA, replacing the 30-year-old ICD-9-CM set. There is a single compliance date of October 1, 2013. In the final rule, the...

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Redisclosure Resources

“Redisclosure of Patient Health Information (Updated),” the practice brief in this month’s print issue, offers guidance on one of HIM’s trickier issues. Redisclosure is the sharing or release of patient health information that the organization received from another source (such as a facility or provider) and subsequently made part of the patient’s health record or the organization’s designated record set. A...

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