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The deaths of prominent Americans by suicide are driving discussions over a troubling trend. The suicide deaths last week of globetrotting television chef and author Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade have triggered the release of a number of new studies on suicides in America, but an open letter…
Clinical documentation will need to reflect these situations in order to be accurately coded. When beginning research for this article, I opened my 2018 ICD-10-CM book to the External Cause Index section, specifically for the word “harassment,” but it was missing.     The next area I reviewed was the Index, but…
A phenomenon that affects more than a third of American workers is hitting the medical sector particularly hard. Thirty-seven percent of American workers are affected by workplace bullying (WB), amounting to roughly 54 million people. When you include coworker bystanders of those persons bullied, the numbers total nearly 50 percent…
A female physician advisor brings a unique perspective to women’s health in the context of leadership within the industry.   EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are comments made by the author during a recent Talk-Ten-Tuesdays broadcast on women’s health. I would love to take this opportunity to speak about women empowerment.…
A major shift in the reporting of transgender issues is at hand.They’re here, but it won’t be until sometime until after 2022 that the United States is expected to adopt the codes of ICD-11 – the new International Classification of Diseases, Version 11 – released yesterday by the World Health…
Total number of new code changes is 473 with 279 new codes, 143 revised codes and 51 deactivated codes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Monday released the fiscal year (FY) 2019 ICD-10-CM (diagnosis) code changes. There are 473 code changes beginning Oct. 1st, including 279 new codes,…
Healthcare can incorporate SDoH data into daily workflows and operations. Earlier in June I wrote about that necessary marriage of costs, coding, and the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH). I was proud to be a guest on ICD10monitor’s Talk-Ten-Tuesdays to continue this dialogue. The interest and response was powerful, and…
New hybrid CDI program blends off and on-site CDI operations. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is a world-renowned healthcare provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh, Penn. that has 80,000 employees in the state. UPMC operates more than 30 academic, community, and specialty hospitals and more than 600 doctors’ offices…