The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the final guidelines for the new diagnosis code U07.1, COVID-19, effective April 1 to September 30, 2020. The off-cycle update of ICD-10-CM is an unprecedented exception to the code set updating process established under HIPAA.
The new patient-driven payment model is a radical departure from how SNFs were paid previously, and is why many owners and operators are starting to lean on health information management professionals for guidance. Now that SNFs have several months of the PDPM under their belts, we’ve asked experts to weigh in on how it’s been going during the transition to this new case-mix classification model that affects all SNF patients in a covered Part A stay.
HIM professionals will need to be fluent in more than Z codes to support social determinants of health initiatives. The relationship between clinical outcomes and such determinants as economic stability, environmental quality, and food security have been well established for decades. However, the ability to capture this information and integrate it with clinical data and care plans is fairly new.
The United Arab Emirates is a hybrid of insurance-based payers and government healthcare. The region is financially and politically stable with a relatively small population, so healthcare providers can focus on innovation. Most of the region’s health systems have adopted well-known American electronic health record systems and have been profoundly influenced by US and international health information exchange models.
Everybody in every community will play a role in fighting COVID-19. To that end, we have assembled AHIMA’s Practice Councils to provide advice, updates, and best practices health information management (HIM) professionals can use to help their organizations respond more effectively to the crisis.