Welcome to Coverage of the 2012 Summit

Welcome to the Journal of AHIMA’s coverage of the AHIMA 2012 ICD-10 Summit. The summit takes place April 16–17 in Baltimore, MD, and explores the challenges and opportunities involved in the transition to the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding systems. The Journal’s coverage begins April 11 with session previews and comments from the presenters. Keep up to date on the summit by checking this site daily, subscribing to the RRS feed, and following...

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Head Wound Procedure and Sedation Coding

A 5-year-old patient was brought into the emergency room with a deep 2-cm laceration of his scalp. The child was combative and would not allow staff to cleanse the wound. [more…]

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HHS Settles HIPAA Investigation for $1.5 Million

The Department of Health and Human Services has recorded its first enforcement action resulting from the 2009 breach notification rule, reaching a $1.5 million settlement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee over a breach of more than 1 million records contained on stolen hard drives.

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Coding Acute Myocardial Infarction in ICD-10-CM

Monday Coding Quiz: A myocardial infarction is considered acute for _____ weeks according to the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.

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Practicing with PCS: Too Many Brats

It’s October 1, 2013, the first day the ICD-10-CM/PCS codes are required in practice. It is also a landmark day for fictional 45-year-old John Smith. At first Smith thought he’d had one mustard-covered brat too many. But the chest pain he initially brushed off as heart burn worsened, leading Smith to fear it may be the first indication of serious heart problems. Smith raced to the local emergency room, and doctors rushed into action....

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