Coding Q&A with RMC: Meconium – Staining vs. Passage

RMC’s AHIMA Approved ICD-10 Trainers meet multiple times per week fielding questions from clients and staff.  Below is an actual question that was submitted, along with our team’s response.* Coding Question:  Can you please tell me the difference between Meconium...

Tumor Lysis Syndrome (TLS)

Tumor Lysis Syndrome (TLS): is caused by massive release of potassium, phosphate and nucleic acids into the body. The result is high-levels of crystal formation which can cause extensive end organ damage, especially the kidneys. TLS is defined by lab criteria and is...

Coding Q&A with RMC: CKD/DM/HTN.

RMC’s AHIMA Approved ICD-10 Trainers meet multiple times per week fielding questions from clients and staff.  Below is an actual question that was submitted, along with our team’s response.* Coding Question:  I am in need of some clarification regarding coding of...

CODING Q&A with RMC: Can coders interpret lab values?

RMC’s AHIMA Approved ICD-10 Trainers meet multiple times per week fielding questions from clients and staff.  Below is an actual question that was submitted, along with our team’s response.* CODING QUESTION: Dear Sir, I would like to know If physician has added in...

Outpatient CDI Query Guidance Released

ACDIS has released an official stance on the outpatient CDI query process. Their position paper called, “Queries in outpatient CDI: Developing a compliant, effective process” addresses the significant differences between inpatient CDI and outpatient CDI.   This...

Digital Pill Development Allows Monitoring of Patient Compliance

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill — a medication implanted with a sensor that can indicate when the medication is taken. This is a significant advancement in the field of digital devices to monitor medicine-taking.  Non-compliance with...

Benefits of an Outpatient CDI Program

Outpatient CDI has become the most recent CDI buzz word, and these programs are proving to be beneficial.  One important aspect of Outpatient CDI is the capture of Hierarchial Condition Codes (HCCs) as the shift to value based care and Medical Advantage Plans risk...

What could ever go wrong with people using portable media?

Well, the royal family’s security could be compromised, for one. If you missed it, Heathrow Airport, one of the busiest airports and Britain’s largest, is scrambling to understand how a memory stick (aka thumb drive) with extremely sensitive information ended up on a...

The Burden of Quality Reporting Revisited

A new report showed health systems spend nearly $39 billion a year on administrative activities related to regulatory compliance, according to a study released today by the AHA (American Hospital Association). The average hospital spends $7.6 million annually to...