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Article in the AHIMA Journal, “Trust but Verify,” June 2014.

Susan Chapman’s article, “Beware of Poor Coding Habits” in the publication, For The Record, Vol. 26 NO.1 P.20.

This week we are tackling Pathological versus Traumatic Fractures. One of the many questions I have received over the last year determining the ICD-9-CM codes for pathological and traumatic fractures. Here are a few key points to help in the understanding pathological fractures.

This year’s convention offered many different topics with most of these being related to the ICD-10 Implementation date of 10/1/14.

The 85th AHIMA National Convention was in full swing starting on October 26th and upon my return, one word has jumped out to me – Productivity.

CMS have informed us that, beginning 10-1-2014, hospital inpatient procedures will be reported with ICD-10-PCS codes; however, CPT codes will continue to be reported by physicians and outpatient entities, including hospital outpatient departments.

During a recent MLN National provider call, the statement was made indicating local carriers and MAC’s are currently translating the Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) to reflect ICD-10-CM codes.This is really good news to those of us in the healthcare industry, as it offers us ample time to review the LCDs for accuracy.

Some days you just have a day and the stars align in the sky, Arcturus is shining brightly, all of your neurons are firing … and … you say something brilliant. While educating a client today, I shared my epiphany with them and offered examples of how the medical community will be better served by the robust ICD-10 coding system.

Kevin Ngo, a HIM intern from the University of Illinois at Chicago, describes his experiences with the new ICD-10 coding system.

For successful ICD-10 implementation, communication is the key. Communication needs to be embraced by everyone involved in the ICD-10 process. It has to become a virus, become infectious. It must be the heart and soul of the hospital or organization.

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