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Telehealth and the Coronavirus

Telehealth and the Coronavirus

The US government and public-health officials are urging consumers to utilize telemedicine for remote treatment, fill prescriptions and get medical attention during the new coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to keep people with symptoms at home and to practice social distancing if their condition doesn’t warrant more intensive hospital care.

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Part 1: How Coders Can Better Interact with CDI Teams | CDI Series

Part 1: How Coders Can Better Interact with CDI Teams | CDI Series

This is part one of a three part series in which we address how coders can better interact with Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) professionals. Many times these departments are separate and the remote environment makes it difficult to interact efficiently between the two departments. In part one, we will discuss the history and objectives of CDI so the coder has a better understanding of CDI’s role.

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Coding Tip: Coding Diagnoses on Outpatient Encounters

Coding Tip: Coding Diagnoses on Outpatient Encounters

One reason that coders should report chronic conditions (including history and status codes) on outpatient records is the HCC’s—Hierarchical Condition Categories. The quick and easy explanation of what HCC’s are is each HCC is mapped to certain ICD-10-CM codes or code ranges. HCC coding is designed to estimate future health care costs for patients.

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