Post-COVID-19 Signs and Symptoms – Sequelae Continues

The daily news surrounding COVID-19 includes information and facts from those individuals who were diagnosed with COVID-19 but they now are in the recovery stage and have “Post-COVID-19” signs and symptoms.  A recent study in Nature Medicine (March 22, 2021),...

COVID Coding in 2021

We have all been keeping up with COVID-19 and the code and guideline changes that have evolved since original coding advice came out in February of 2020.  The advent of code U07.1 was a “game changer”. This code was created and made effective after April 1, 2020....

2021 Evaluation and Management Changes

Now that we have all been using the new 2021 evaluation and management guidelines for a couple months now, hopefully the new routine is getting more comfortable. Here are a few reminders of this years’ changes and documentation requirements that were effective as of...

Q1 AHA Coding Clinic for 2021 Released

The first quarter of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Coding Clinic for 2021 has been released and contains the updated AHIMA/AHA FAQ on COVID-19 coding, as well as the January 1, 2021 update to the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.  In...

Compliance with Post-Acute Care Transfers (Discharge Status)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) MLN Matters recently published (2/25/2021) a provider compliance reminder regarding “Post-Acute Care Transfers”, often referred to as the PACT rule, and the correct coding and billing for these inpatient hospital...

AHIMA/AHA COVID-19 FAQ Updated 3/1/2021

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) have been publishing COVID-19 ICD-10-CM/PCS information and guidance since March 20, 2020, last year. The most recent update occurred on March 1, 2021 and is...