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Something Old, Something New: ICD-10 Survey Uncovers Startling Facts
June 5, 2013 2:47 PM by Alice Zentner
According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, society is always taken by surprise by any new example of common sense. Such is the case with the recently released survey of nearly 300 HIM professionals regarding the state of ICD-10. The survey was conducted jointly Read More...
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Preparing Physicians for ICD-10: Easier Than You Think
February 7, 2013 1:55 PM by Alice Zentner
HIM's longstanding struggle with physician documentation is well understood and globally recognized. The challenges associated with securing complete, timely, and accurate documentation from physicians is fodder for HIM jokes nationwide. Yes, nine out Read More...
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Coders, CDI Specialists and Physicians: Creating A Symbiotic Circle
July 2, 2012 11:36 AM by Alice Zentner
At the recent AHIMA ICD-10 Summit, one message was completely clear: The most important element of ICD-10 preparation process is clinical documentation assessment and improvement. And the best news from the summit? Any efforts you expend now toward better Read More...
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ICD-10 and CDI: Improving the Improvement Program
April 6, 2012 1:55 PM by Alice Zentner
Many providers have clinical documentation improvement programs. The belief is that more accurate, detailed clinical documentation is better for the patient, the institution, the government, researchers, and all aspects of quality of care. So why not Read More...
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They’re Here! CC and MCC List for ICD-10
February 3, 2012 2:27 PM by Alice Zentner
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have released its list of complications and co-morbidities for ICD-10 . Armed with the list, coders and CDI professionals can get busy identifying gaps in physician documentation and educating the medical Read More...
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ICD-10: I Just Don't Want To!
November 14, 2011 2:00 PM by Alice Zentner
There is some speculation and anecdotal evidence suggesting that a substantial number of the more experienced, long-term coders are going to retire rather than retooling for ICD-10. While there will be some that take the early retirement route, it is Read More...
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The Times ... They are a Changing
September 20, 2011 12:25 PM by Alice Zentner
With all due apologies to Bob Dylan, there are many ‘times a changing' in ICD-10 that require clinical documentation improvement (CDI) intervention. Our big day starts in 24 months, but coder and physician education regarding some of these time-sensitive Read More...
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Standardized Queries Meet ICD-10
June 20, 2011 10:36 AM by Alice Zentner
Another area where clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and ICD-10 should be coming together now is that of standardized queries. Where are your queries in the transition to ICD-10? Best practice suggests that you should look at them now and update Read More...
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CDI: Little Bites Over a Long Period of Time
June 2, 2011 1:17 PM by Alice Zentner
One of the keys to successful weight loss is taking smaller bites over a long period of time. The same holds true for improving clinical documentation in preparation for ICD-10. Everyone knows that on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, will start coding in ICD-10, Read More...
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May 25, 2011 12:06 PM by Alice Zentner
Blog titles are supposed to be catchy to get your attention and make you want to read further. At least, that is what I was told. A blog titled "unspecified" is not something most people would understand and be drawn to. But, if you work in the world Read More...
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