Knowing the Difference between Anticoagulants and Antiplatelets
Jul12

Knowing the Difference between Anticoagulants and Antiplatelets

It is important to know the difference between anticoagulant drugs and antiplatelet drugs when assigning a Z-code for long term drug use.

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Clarifying Coding for HIV and AIDS in ICD-10
Jun15

Clarifying Coding for HIV and AIDS in ICD-10

The difference in code assignment is based on whether or not the patient has the disease or if the patient is only a carrier of the virus. Some terminology seems to be causing a great deal of confusion in ICD-10, even though it was also listed in ICD-9.

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AHIMA’s Revised Standards of Ethical Coding Available
May10

AHIMA’s Revised Standards of Ethical Coding Available

The American Health Information Management Association Standards of Ethical Coding includes new and updated information and guidance as of December 2016.

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Coding and Understanding Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy)
Apr13

Coding and Understanding Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy)

According to the WHO, more than 200,000 leprosy cases worldwide were reported in 2015. This month’s Code Cracker post shares some background and coding information about leprosy (also known as Hansen’s disease).

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Going Monthly: Making the Case for Consistent Coding Audits
Mar08

Going Monthly: Making the Case for Consistent Coding Audits

Monthly bills. Monthly lunch meetings. Monthly delinquent medical record report. So many tasks occur once a month. But monthly external coding audits?

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Calling Coding Professionals: Write for Journal of AHIMA
Feb20

Calling Coding Professionals: Write for Journal of AHIMA

Interested in becoming an AHIMA-published author? Members of the coding community are encouraged to submit articles for possible publication.

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