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Get to the heart of the causes of cardiomyopathy

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, February 1, 2010

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Cardiomyopathy is typically a long-lasting disease (-pathy) of the heart (cardio-) muscle (-myo-). The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) published the stages of heart failure in 2001. These stages are distinctly different from the classes of heart failure published by the New York Heart Association (NYHA). However, despite these differences, many physicians confuse stages with classes. The good news is that coders can help clear up this confusion.

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