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Assessing and Improving EHR Templates for ICD-10

The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), comprises two sets of codes, one for documenting diagnoses (ICD-10-CM) and the other for documenting procedures (ICD-10-PCS). Compared to ICD-9, these codes are more extensive and more numerous. ICD-10-CM codes number close to 68,000 and contain 3–7 characters compared to ICD-9-CM total more than 14,000 3–5 digit…


FY 2013 IPPS Final Rule Released

On August 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (“PPS”) Final Rule. The Rule contains several updates to Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) programs implemented in prior rule makings. The Rule also finalized the market basket update of 2.8% for IPPS hospitals. The…


System of Nearly 140,000 Codes Has You Covered

Today, hospitals and doctors use a system of about 18,000 codes to describe medical services in bills they send to insurers. Apparently, that doesn’t allow for quite enough nuance. A new federally mandated version will expand the number to around 140,000—adding codes that describe precisely what bone was broken, or which artery is receiving a…