ONC Releases Stage 2 EHR Criteria

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a proposed rule on EHR certification late Friday. The rule is a companion to the proposed rule on stage 2 of the meaningful use EHR incentive program released the preceding day by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (Read the published certification rule here.) ONC’s rule defines the technology standards and implementation specifications that will support the...

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Codes Describing Conscious Sedation Procedure

Monday Coding Quiz: A list of codes describing procedures that include conscious sedation, if administered by the same surgeon as performs the procedure, can be found in:

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Stage 2 Rule Released

CMS stays the course with its proposed rule on stage 2 of the meaningful use EHR incentive program. It confirms a delayed start, shuffles some objectives, and raises the bar on patient engagement.

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Ten Reasons to Not Delay ICD-10

This week AHIMA announced it will reach out to leaders at the Department of Health and Human Services and urge there be no delay in the implementation of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. [Feb. 23: read AHIMA’s letter to Secretary Sebelius.] “We recommend that HHS reach out to the full healthcare community and gather more information about the great strides many have achieved— in good faith—since the ICD-10 deadline was set in January...

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Reporting Jakob-Creutzfeldt Disease with Dementia

Monday Coding Quiz (multiple choice): In ICD-9-CM coding, to report Jakob- Creutzfeldt disease with dementia, you would need:

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