Entries by Scot Nemchik, CCS, CRC, CLSS l Vice President, Coding Education and Continuous Improvement

Best Practices for Implementing New Medical Codes and Guidelines

In just a few weeks, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS turn six! On that same date, we’ll be implementing annual changes to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS), including changes to the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets, for the fifth time. It seems that ICD-10 is dialed in pretty well at this point. Evidence to this point […]

Key Changes to ICD-10: FY 2021 Updates

Right about two weeks from now, we’ll be heading into our sixth year of ICD-10 in the US!  Hard to believe. They say that kids grow up fast, and it turns out the same can be said for code sets. Thankfully though, we don’t need to concern ourselves with adolescent code sets getting learner’s permits! […]

Emerging Coding Advice for Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-2019)

IMPORTANT UPDATE – New ICD-10-CM Code Effective April 1, 2020 Given the need to capture the reporting of COVID-19, The Centers for Disease Control has changed the effective date of new diagnosis code U07.1, COVID-19, from October 1, 2020 to April 1, 2020.  Click here to read the full announcement. The coding advice in this blog pertains to […]

Reclass Armageddon Averted…for Now

For quite some time now CMS has reiterated their plan to perform a comprehensive assessment of current ICD-10-CM complication and comorbidity (CC) and major complication and comorbidity (MCC) designations.  This year’s proposed rule, published on April 23, 2019 included the long-awaited outcomes of CMS’s reclass analysis, the results of which are astonishing in terms of their […]

Strategies for Mastering Annual Code Changes

Right about this time last year, we stood on the cusp of implementing over 5,500 new ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes for the new federal fiscal year.  One year later, we find ourselves in a similar position. Thousands of new diagnosis and procedure codes are waiting in the wings, ready for their proper spot on a […]