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Myocardial Ischemia, Myocardial Injury and Myocardial Infarction
Would you please explain the basics of the process from myocardial ischemia to injury to infarct? At what point does […]
Accidental Puncture & Laceration: Coding Clinic 2021 Second Quarter
Does the recent Coding Clinic advice regarding accidental puncture and laceration contradict Official Coding Guidelines for coding Complications of Care?  […]
Morbid and Severe Obesity: How are these defined?
Historically, a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 40 has been defined as “morbid” or “extreme” obesity. The World Health Organization […]
COVID-19: Is it current or resolved? (Timing is everything!)
We have learned much about COVID-19 since the pandemic began a year ago. We have new and better treatments, better […]
The Solution to Severe Malnutrition Denials: Document the Treatment!
The CMS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report in July 2020 claiming that hospitals over-billed Medicare approximately $1 […]
Chronic vs. Acute Liver Failure
According to the CDC, 4.5 million Americans have chronic liver disease and almost 48,000 die from it each year.  From […]
Positioning Coders for CDI Success
By Cynthia Tang,  RHIA, CCS, CRC From the very beginning, my business partner, Dr. Richard Pinson, and I have taught […]
Big Change for Glasgow Coma Scale Codes for FY2021
In probably the most important change to the FY2021 ICD-10-CM guidelines, the reporting of Glasgow Coma Scale codes has been […]
Heart Failure Update: Clarifying New Terminology
By now all of us should be familiar with the terminology and coding for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction […]
Pancytopenia: Neutrophils vs. White Blood Cells
Pancytopenia is a simultaneous deficiency of three blood cell lineages: red blood cells, platelets, and neutrophils. Its clinical significance is […]
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