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Q: We see a lot of patients in our ED who have to be defibrillated for a cardiac arrhyt
Editor's note: Parts of this article have been adapted from the popular HCPro title, a href=
APRIL 21, 2017
  CMS released MLN Matters® a href="http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Ed
This payment occurs when a patient is transferred/discharged and readmitted to the same home heal
 by Steven Andrews a href="http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-System
Inpatient coding professionals are used to DRG systems where all of the diagnoses and procedures
JANUARY 14, 2015
JUSTCODING
During an emergency, CMS has the expectation that agency staff should be able to assist in their
CMS is offering providers a version of its online training for surveyors on the new emergency pre
DECEMBER 1, 2017
It has been a little over six weeks since the implementation of the new reporting requirements fo
CMS announced on September 8 that it had finalized new emergency response requirements for health
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
A FedEx employee exposed to a white powder on the job prompted the shutdown and decontamin
APRIL 17, 2014
Facilities have less than 20 days to fully comply with CMS’ new emergency preparedness rule
OCTOBER 26, 2017
CMS recently reversed long-standing policy for billing inpatient-only procedures, providing hospi
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a he
SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
“The ability to stay calm, when everyone around you is decompensating, is a skill that is
FEBRUARY 20, 2019
by Josh Poltilove and A.J. Plunkett Review emergency preparedness policies and pro
BALTC Q&A Editor's note: This month's "Q&A&q
The Medicare reimbursement for home health is a two-step, split-percentage payment. First, a Requ
The Medicare reimbursement for home health is a two-step, split-percentage payment. First, a Requ
A new scoring system can help organizations spot patients at high risk for respiratory problems a
AUGUST 25, 2015
If you’re a Medicare or Medicaid provider, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CMS' introduction of the 2-midnight rule in the a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-i
JULY 16, 2014
JUSTCODING
CPT has granted coders a new code, 58674 (laparoscopy, surgical, ablation of uterine fibroid(s),
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
CMS finalizes emergency preparedness of Medicare/Medicaid-certified facilities
Joan Rivers’ daughter has filed a malpractice lawsuit against the Manhattan outpatient cli
Long-anticipated rule change will affect how hospitals plan for emergencies and disasters
DECEMBER 22, 2016
Go three deep or more in identifying staff positions to take over if key leadership can’t a
JANUARY 1, 2018
In the face of a global pandemic, SNFs across the country need to have a heightened awareness of
By A.J. Plunkett Beware the myths and misperceptions going around
APRIL 9, 2020
by Brian Ward (bward@hcpro.com) Every year, emergency events seem to be
JANUARY 29, 2021
Procedures are detailed descriptions of the tasks required to implement and maintain agency polic
The images are periodic but impactful. A flood, tornado, active shooter, hurricane, earthquake, f
JANUARY 28, 2015
When you have a patient that is therapy only (PT and OT) and the RN performs a NBO visit
Moving on to the rest of the guidance document (it a href="https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider
FEBRUARY 21, 2019
Moving on to the rest of the guidance document (it still a href="https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Pr
FEBRUARY 28, 2019
Schedule staff drills and update emergency carts to prevent RFIs Malignant hyperthermia
OCTOBER 1, 2017
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) The Joint Commission (TJ
AUGUST 16, 2020
 A proposed new emergency management
JUNE 5, 2014
You note that CMS is adding “emerging infectious diseases” to the current definition
When an inpatient experiences an adverse incident or a near miss, hospitals with appropriate pati
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
  CMS made relatively few changes in the a href="http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-a
MAY 28, 2014
JUSTCODING
Guidance for the deployment of the Emergency Use Approval (EUA) Zika virus testsOn March 25, CMS
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) If your healthcare organ
JUNE 24, 2021
Here are some of the highlights from the a href="https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-recomm
AUGUST 27, 2020
Paying a visit to patients in their homes can help keep them out of the hospital, according to Va
A new HCPro webcast will help hospitals prepare a response plan in the event they receive a patie
OCTOBER 28, 2014
By Jay Kumar A new report released by the Healthcare Facilities A
JUNE 13, 2019
By Jay Kumar A new report released by the Healthcare Facilities A
JULY 3, 2019
Q: We consistently hit an edit asking for a modifier on our drug administration service
Now that CMS and The Joint Commission are placing greater emphasis on emergency management, this
JULY 29, 2015
CMS designates certain procedures as inpatient-only, but identifies them using CPT codes (
MAY 7, 2014
JUSTCODING
CMS designates certain procedures as inpatient-only, but identifies them using CPT® co
MAY 21, 2014
JUSTCODING
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SEPTEMBER 2, 2020
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Stay on top of routine
JUNE 7, 2020
By Chris Cheney, a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.healthleadersmedia.
AUGUST 15, 2019
Time’s almost up: CMS emergency prep CoPs kick in soon Th
OCTOBER 1, 2017
The emergency department is at the forefront of hospitals’ access and quality. Dynamic heal
MAY 9, 2011
by John Palmer A group of hospitals in the Dallas, Texas, area are pilot
APRIL 5, 2020
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Use guidance issued by T
MARCH 20, 2020
The President declared a state of emergency for the United States Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of
A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found heightened morbidity a
DECEMBER 8, 2015
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) While bills to combat wo
JULY 29, 2021
As hurricanes brew in the southeast U.S. and winter looms in the northern states, it’s a gr
AUGUST 16, 2019
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) As we head into August,
AUGUST 9, 2020
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) As we head into August,
If you've served as a hospital safety official for any length of time, you know about the require
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
By Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC  
FEBRUARY 4, 2015
JUSTCODING
In January 2009, all eyes were on the Hudson River when a plane flying out of New York’s La
APRIL 1, 2019
Emergency management experts stress the importance of training and preparing to be self-sufficien
OCTOBER 29, 2015
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Be prepared to provide e
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) While your facility like
JULY 15, 2021
Q: We had a patient come into our ED with a severe head injury. To protect his airway,
AUGUST 5, 2015
JUSTCODING
Emergencies that introduce contamination into a hospital require a special type of planni
FEBRUARY 2, 2017
In January 2009, all eyes were on the Hudson River when a plane flying out of New York’s La
Over the last decade, patient handoff procedures have become an integral part of the patient care
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
 CMS releases proposed emergency preparedness requirements
How do we go about an admission that was visited only by a nurse during start of care the
Review your policies and procedures for treating suicidal patients in general acute inpatient and
JANUARY 1, 2018
CMS designates a certain set of procedures as inpatient-only, meaning it will only reimburse faci
A nationwide survey of more than 300 emergency medicine physicians found that they are more miser
OCTOBER 29, 2015
Long-anticipated rule change will affect how hospitals plan for emergencies and disasters
DECEMBER 22, 2016
Researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) have created a mobile healthcare clinic that may so
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) CMS and accreditation or
MARCH 25, 2021
Q: In the event of a natural disaster or public health emergency, do organizations still
A window washer was critically injured August 5 after falling six stories at Chicago's Northweste
AUGUST 6, 2015
Pennsylvania healthcare facilities use a wide variety of emergency codes, according to the M
MARCH 18, 2015
Often in healthcare facilities, it’s the small details missed that can raise the ire of a s
FEBRUARY 1, 2019
Often in healthcare facilities, it’s the small details missed that can raise the ire of a s
MARCH 1, 2019
Q: Could you please explain unrelated surgical procedure DRGs? Also can you explain h
More than $840 million in emergency preparedness funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of He
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) As the nation con
JUNE 24, 2021
By Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC  
MAY 13, 2015
JUSTCODING
Emergency care in the United States is just barely getting a passing grade, according to a
APRIL 10, 2014
Interventional radiology is a perpetually challenging area of coding. In this 90-minute we
SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
JUSTCODING
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Here are some tips, take
JANUARY 10, 2021
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Here are some tips, take
  CMS removed two procedures from the inpatient-only list and added one in the a hr
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
JUSTCODING
New technologies emerge to help keep intruders out and strengthen facility safety
DECEMBER 22, 2016
New technologies emerge to help keep intruders out and strengthen facility safety
Here’s what to do before, during, and after a storm that strikes your hospital
AUGUST 18, 2019
Every once in a while, I like to poke back through recent missives from our friends in Chicago an
JANUARY 1, 2018
Q: Are there any new HCPCs codes for procedures beginning October 1? &n
Review your policies and procedures for treating suicidal patients in general acute inpatient and
DECEMBER 1, 2017
As I was ruminating on a topic for this week’s conversation, the October issue of Perspecti
OCTOBER 4, 2017
Summa Health System’s emergency program at Akron (Ohio) City Hospital will lose its accredi
MARCH 31, 2017
In June, a patient in a South Carolina emergency room was charged with assault after a security g
OCTOBER 19, 2019
By Brian Ward Do you have an idea for an emergency preparedness p
DECEMBER 12, 2019
a href="http://hcmarketplace.com/emergency-preparedness-solutions-customizable-paper-pati
MAY 5, 2015
The a href="https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/Downloads/
JULY 8, 2015
JUSTCODING
A crucial part of any hospital’s emergency plan revolves around communication, because with
MAY 7, 2015
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) A new OSHA emergency sta
JULY 8, 2021
Disputes exist over necessity, cost, and definitions. Donna Gross clocked out for a din
MAY 25, 2017
Improperly reprocessed gastrointestinal scopes, subpar disinfection procedures, cybersecurity thr
FEBRUARY 1, 2018
Improperly reprocessed gastrointestinal scopes, subpar disinfection procedures, cybersecurity thr
By Jennifer Thew, RN Almost half of emergency physicians and abou
NOVEMBER 21, 2019
JustCoding’s Emergency Department Coding, by Nena Scott, MSEd, RHI
JustCoding’s Emergency Department Coding, by Nena Scott, MSEd, RHIA, CCS,
It’s finally here. CMS’ new Emergency Preparedness rule goes into effect on W
NOVEMBER 14, 2017
ICD-9-CM includes a diagnosis code to show when a surgeon converts a laparoscopic procedure to an
DECEMBER 3, 2014
JUSTCODING
HCPro, a division of BLR, announced it has entered into a partnership with Coding Strategies, Inc
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Q: Our physicians are injecting a lot of bulking substances, such as those for strength
The Joint Commission this month launched a digital resource center aimed at reducing workplace vi
OCTOBER 11, 2016
As if the healthcare world needed anything else to worry about when it comes to disinfection, a s
JUNE 15, 2017
White paper excerpt Subspecialties and procedures may be
2-midnight rule draws concerns about emergency physician admitting privileges
One of the most stressful, yet crucial and educational, roles you will play in your job as a hosp
AUGUST 20, 2015
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) The public health emerge
SEPTEMBER 5, 2021
  By Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC &nb
APRIL 29, 2015
JUSTCODING
The ICD-10-PCS guidelines for reporting multiple procedures could trip up inpatient coders becaus
MAY 6, 2015
JUSTCODING
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APRIL 22, 2015
JUSTCODING
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) As you reopen patient ca
AUGUST 1, 2020
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) As you reopen patient ca
AUGUST 27, 2020
Q: We erroneously included a surgical inpatient-only procedure on an inpatient Medicare
Q: We have a debate going on at our facility. We have a new cardiologist who orders an
The National Quality Forum (NQF) recently released a series of recommendations calling for the im
JULY 2, 2019
Change allows hospices to bill directly for preventive vaccines CMS has issued a
March means that hurricane season is just a couple of months away. But there are still winter sto
MARCH 20, 2020
HCPro is conducting research on training needs related to billing for bedside procedures. Please
Correct coding is important to physician practices. The ICD-10-CM diagnoses and the CPT procedure
The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) entered into a $125,000 a href="http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/pri
In response to CMS’ final emergency preparedness rule issued earlier this month, a href="h
DECEMBER 1, 2017
Periodically, the whole concept of adopting plain language codes for emergency response plan acti
JULY 7, 2016
CMS a href="http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/Downloads/R3217CP.
MARCH 25, 2015
JUSTCODING
Q: Can a claim that is edited for a noncovered procedure be appealed?
An international watchdog for safety and security in healthcare facilities has released a report
JANUARY 1, 2018
ICD-10-PCS is a brand-new coding system which will require coders to look for information they ha
MARCH 26, 2014
JUSTCODING
ICD-10-PCS codes consist of seven characters, each of which identifies a unique, specific piece o
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
JUSTCODING
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) DNV GL Healthcare will c
JANUARY 21, 2021
Q&A When credentialing AHPs, stick to specifics
A new study published by a team of researchers from the University of Iowa outlines some of the o
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)
JANUARY 7, 2021
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Be prepared to explain t
OCTOBER 8, 2020
A new study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found that patients are less l
JULY 22, 2014
Patient handoffs continue to be a major concern for hospitals. In September, The Joint Commission
NOVEMBER 1, 2017
By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) and Brian Ward (bward@hcpro.com) C
MARCH 5, 2020
Coding ultrasound procedures in a href="http://justcoding.com/coding-sample-policies-and-form
JULY 22, 2015
JUSTCODING
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) When civil unrest outsid
JANUARY 14, 2021
CMS proposed a new HCPCS modifier be appended to every code for a service furnished in a h
FEBRUARY 4, 2015
JUSTCODING
A patient undergoes a hysterectomy and experiences post-procedural bleeding. The surgeon cauteriz
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)
DECEMBER 23, 2020
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) A pandemic caused by a n
NOVEMBER 19, 2020
Recent tragedies have highlighted the importance of emergency nurses, and Nurse Leader Insider wo
OCTOBER 12, 2017
It’s finally here. CMS’ new Emergency Preparedness rule goes into effect on W
NOVEMBER 16, 2017
A hospital in Massachusetts unveiled changes last week to the security policies and procedures in
OCTOBER 5, 2017
By John Palmer This article appeared on a href="https://www.psqh.com/analysis/postmo
MARCH 28, 2019
  Researchers are studying whether equipping emergency department physicians with
APRIL 23, 2015
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)
JULY 15, 2021
Inpatient coding professionals are used to DRG systems where all of the diagnoses and procedures
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Review your hospital pol
JANUARY 16, 2021
CMS designates a certain set of procedures as inpatient-only, meaning it will only reimburse faci
OCTOBER 8, 2014
JUSTCODING
Q: Our physicians want to start implanting a magnetic band around the distal esophagus to trea
A patient presents for an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), a diagnostic procedure that allows th
OCTOBER 22, 2014
JUSTCODING
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)
NOVEMBER 5, 2020
A burned-out transformer in an external light fixture triggered a fire alarm and major emergency
OCTOBER 8, 2015
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) As the public health eme
JUNE 24, 2021
  A Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) study found insufficient documentation
JULY 22, 2015
JUSTCODING
Q: My physicians perform procedures in the office such as angioplasties, catheter inser
AUGUST 6, 2014
JUSTCODING
Q&A Standardization isn't 'just an exercise in change
NOVEMBER 1, 2014
After a year of anticipation, Joint Commission surveyors finally started checking for compliance
For HIPAA covered entities (CE) that maintain poor policies and procedures related to HIPAA compl
FEBRUARY 8, 2019
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) In case your emergency p
JULY 29, 2021
Business office refresher: Five steps for tracking a SNF leave of absence
SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
A 27-year-old man was arrested February 1 after he became violent and combative while being treat
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
by John Palmer Running out of water in an emergency is not something a h
DECEMBER 7, 2019
  In this Q&A with safety expert Marge McFarlane, learn about how some of the
MARCH 27, 2014
About 25 wailing people who appeared to possess multiple injuries were attended to by emergency m
NOVEMBER 26, 2014
As the designated emergency management professional within your healthcare organization, you have
DECEMBER 4, 2014
In response to CMS’ final emergency preparedness rule issued earlier this month, a href="h
SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
A Rockford, Illinois hospital held a large-scale evacuation drill September 21 to help prepare fo
SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
First and foremost, a policy and a procedure are two entirely different animals. A policy is defi
  As a Medicare-certified homecare agency, I historically hired aides that
Trafficking is on the rise, and hospitals can make a difference The pro
JANUARY 1, 2019
Question: I work for a group of general surgeons. Quite often, our pati
SEPTEMBER 4, 2017
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) In further recognition o
MAY 9, 2020
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) If your healthcare syste
APRIL 8, 2021
Editor’s note: The following is an edited excerpt of an article published in a href="h
APRIL 15, 2020
A federal inspection of the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Haven, Conn. found poor clea
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
Dear readers, A few of the articles in this week’s Medical Staff Leader Ins
HCPro, Inc, and its Credentialing Resource Center (CRC) have launched the a href="http://www.pri
JULY 14, 2011
Patient safety is difficult even when there isn't a hurricane raging outside While the
Q: We’ve heard that ICD-10-CM does not include a diagnosis code to show that a laparosco
DECEMBER 3, 2014
JUSTCODING
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) CMS is revising its
APRIL 26, 2020
Consolidated billing Q&A with Janet Potter Editor's n
DECEMBER 1, 2014
About 90% of the hospitals in Missouri have begun implementing a new emergency announcemen
MAY 1, 2014
  A: These two new HCPCS codes for procedures became payable unde
Is your CDI program's query process a documented part of your policies and procedures? Does your
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a memorandum to the state sur
Taking down workplace violence in healthcare Can you take a punch? How do you
Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is a minimally invasive procedure to open u
MARCH 25, 2015
JUSTCODING
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)
FEBRUARY 11, 2021
By A.J. Plunkett Review and update your all-hazards risk assessme
MARCH 7, 2019
A patient comes in for a biopsy of a suspicious lump in her left breast. The physician performs a
AUGUST 26, 2015
JUSTCODING
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) In times of an emerging
Despite there being a number of methods to correctly identify patients, wrong-patient procedures
OCTOBER 1, 2018
By Jennifer Thew, RN What is the current state of the emergency nursing workforce?
JUNE 12, 2019
A study recently published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education suggests a diffe
NOVEMBER 17, 2017
A: While this is a “new method” during the surgery for administering the medic
From Part B News, a Simplify Compliance publication HHS Secretary Alex A
NOVEMBER 25, 2020
While emergency medicine (EM) residents have historically entered a robust job market, the COVID-
MARCH 9, 2021
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) As regular survey activi
JULY 18, 2020
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) As regular survey activi
JULY 11, 2020
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Ensure workers are train
OCTOBER 22, 2020
Special Repor
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
JUSTCODING
Controversy flared this fall in Salt Lake City after police body camera footage of the July 26 a
CMS will no longer implement specific procedure-to-device or device-to-procedure edits for
Just in time for the holidays, CMS is offering the gift of a newly revised State Operations Manua
DECEMBER 23, 2019
Drug diversion in healthcare facilities has been a subject of increasing focus by regulatory aut
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
During an emergency, the hospital should determine the level of control that is needed for the pa
Of the 30 million children treated in emergency rooms (ER) every year, about 90% are in general c
APRIL 30, 2015
The average medical school debt for emergency medicine residents is $212,000, which is about 25%
MAY 20, 2016
A Leapfrog Group report found that hospitals need to improve high-risk surgery patient outcomes.
MARCH 17, 2015
To help patients find the right physicians, non-profit news organization ProPublica launched a h
JULY 16, 2015
Staff and patients at hospitals can usually count on a certain level of security when they come s
MARCH 10, 2016
by Steve Wilder, BA, CHSP, STS, president and COO of Sorensen, Wilder & Associates, a healthc
ICD-10-PCS will completely change the way coders report inpatient procedures. With just over a mo
AUGUST 26, 2015
JUSTCODING
  Procedures for handling cash funds
MARCH 11, 2016
One of your most crucial roles as the person in charge of emergency preparation at your hospital
JULY 16, 2015
A new study by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) shows that violence in America
DECEMBER 1, 2018
A patient comes into the ED with a left pleural effusion and left hemothorax. The physicia
AUGUST 13, 2014
JUSTCODING
The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement with 32 hospitals in 15 states to resolve
DECEMBER 31, 2015
The CDI department should have its own set of policies and procedures to govern its functions.
Violent incidents in hospitals, especially in the emergency department where 24/7 operations can
JANUARY 15, 2015
Researchers found that male and female emergency medicine residents scored similarly on evaluatio
MARCH 10, 2017
By Steven Andrews   This week, CMS released a href="http://l
By John Palmer Preparing for a worldwide pandemic, especially when you d
By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) As CMS, The Joint Commis
SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
Keeping staff safe is not only a moral obligation, but a legal one as well. SNFs need to ensure t
NOVEMBER 24, 2020
Telemedicine is still a niche business for physician practices and one that’s been slow to
The orthopedic surgery program at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx is employing a technique
MARCH 11, 2016
  Update to surety bond collection procedures  
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) When developing a workpl
JULY 22, 2021
APRIL 2, 2014
JUSTCODING
APRIL 30, 2014
JUSTCODING
MAY 28, 2014
JUSTCODING
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
JUSTCODING
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
JUSTCODING
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
JUSTCODING
MARCH 4, 2015
JUSTCODING
Emergency departments (ED) are dealing with unprecedented demand. New statistics released by the
DECEMBER 2, 2014
Update to surety bond collection procedures On May 16, CMS released a change request
  Most improper payments for diagnostic nasal endoscopies reviewed during a Compre
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
JUSTCODING
BY A.J. Plunkett Between antibiotics losing their effectiveness, people refusing to vacci
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Check CMS and CDC online
APRIL 19, 2020
As our population ages, the elderly start becoming frail and may suffer hearing and vision loss a
by Brian A. Ward (bward@hcpro.com) Joint Commission (TJC)–a
JANUARY 16, 2020
A female patient underwent a partial removal of her left ovary three years ago. She is now in to
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
JUSTCODING
Implementing a hazardous waste management program requires five primary steps Inspector
When coders hear the term bypass, they may think first of a coronary artery bypass graft (
Providers should look at their existing procedure charges and make sure they have built so
By Brian Ward The FDA has issued two emergency use authorization
APRIL 16, 2020
Earlier this year, Olympus Corp. announced a voluntary recall of its TJF-Q180V model duodenoscope
MAY 12, 2016
Medical facilities still have the better part of a year before the new emergency preparedness rul
MARCH 30, 2017
Emergency medicine residents at Southern Illinois University Medical School won’t be encoun
JUNE 6, 2014
Researchers found that found that 85% of emergency medical residents were able to correctl
OCTOBER 31, 2014
  In order to avoid long waits in the emergency room (ER), several hospitals are o
JULY 10, 2014
By Jugna Shah, MPH    Lately I've received a lot
JULY 8, 2015
JUSTCODING
FDA says 4 million N95 masks could be reused thanks to emergency orders
MAY 28, 2020
About a year ago, we chatted a bit about the likely changes to the regulatory landscape under a
JANUARY 11, 2018
With a span of providers reaching almost half the country, the Dignity Health system kicked off i
DECEMBER 1, 2018
Each year CMS revises its a href="https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-N
JANUARY 30, 2018
Editorial note: This article was written by a guest columnist, Justin Border, OTR/L from a h
FEBRUARY 17, 2017
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)
JULY 29, 2021
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)
JULY 22, 2021
This webcast is a companion program to the March cardiovascular diagnosis coding program, a
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the fiscal year 2017 inpatient prospective payment sys
A fire in a light fixture caused the July 22 evacuation of the emergency department at Sentara Vi
JULY 23, 2015
A close call at a Lumberton, North Carolina hospital sent smoke pouring out and critical patients
OCTOBER 20, 2016
Editor’s note: The following is based on a recent HCPro webinar featuring independent s
MARCH 23, 2017
A new report from Health Quality Ontario and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute details 15 pre
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
For most of us, a prolonged power outage is at worst a major nuisance. For hospitals, it's quite
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
For most of us, a prolonged power outage is at worst a major nuisance. For hospitals, it's quite
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
Agencies submitting claims under a waiver authorized in response to recent hurricane and wildfire
ICD-10-PCS codes consist of seven characters, each of which identifies a unique, specific piece o
The U.S. has been rocked in recent months by major emergencies, from the flooding in Houston, the
MARCH 1, 2018
Q: We are providing a new service where the ear, note, and throat physician performs a
Learn what's new in GME and other news relevant to residents by reviewing a few recent headlines
NOVEMBER 30, 2017
Each ICD-10-PCS code is comprised of seven characters with a specific meaning. In the Medical and
DECEMBER 17, 2014
JUSTCODING
Time is running out to meet the new emergency management (EM) Conditions of Participation (CoP) a
AUGUST 15, 2017
Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on the ICD-10-CM Z codes. The sec
DECEMBER 17, 2014
JUSTCODING
A step-by-step guide on communicating with patients you suspect to be at risk
JANUARY 1, 2019
 If you're a safety professional in a facility that conducts procedures using GI scopes, you
AUGUST 27, 2015
Emergency department (ED) nurses are often victims of violence, but fail to report it, according
Fire crews fought a blaze that broke out at a hospital in Largo, Fla., on April 14, according to
APRIL 14, 2016
By a href="http://www.patientsafetymonitor.com/PEARR-Treating-abuse-and-violence-victims-step-by
FEBRUARY 7, 2019
AA best practice should identify clinical actions—assessment, teaching, procedures, coordin
Best practice should identify clinical actions—assessment, teaching, procedures, coordinati
A patient hit a nurse’s foot with a stun gun during a fight in the emergency room of Roper
JUNE 12, 2019
The following excerpt comes from Sa href="http://hcmarketplace.com/snf-compliance-et
SEPTEMBER 26, 2019
Cultivating a culture of trauma-informed care Because SNFs are occupied b
DECEMBER 1, 2019
The autopsy dilemma and its implications by Patricia A. Fur
SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
If you’re in charge of emergency management at your facility, you’ve probably done a
MARCH 5, 2015
Poor Finn. He’s heading for his first birthday, but he may not be in a partying mood. After
A man has died after shooting himself in the lobby of a hospital emergency room in Woodbur
MARCH 27, 2014
A hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee is preparing for the opening of a new heart and vascu
JUNE 19, 2014
Your hospital emergency department (ED) may still be busy, but if your hospital reflects national
I had the pleasure of spending a day at the 2015 annual conference of the American College of Eme
OCTOBER 29, 2015
A new study from the American Heart Association indicates that regular CPR (cardiopulmonary resus
NOVEMBER 17, 2016
by Kirsten Dize After more than a year of legal back-and-forth, home care agenci
Is your organization planning to code outpatient procedures using ICD-10-PCS as well as CPT®
MAY 6, 2015
JUSTCODING
Is your organization planning to code outpatient procedures using ICD-10-PCS as well as CPT®
MAY 13, 2015
JUSTCODING
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed last month against the makers of a duodenoscope and reprocesso
DECEMBER 1, 2015
An active shooter at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in 2010 set the groundwork for a d
MAY 8, 2014
This article first appeared on a href="https://khn.org/news/she-was-dancing-on-the-roof-and-
APRIL 4, 2019
By William C. Schillaci, EHS Daily Advisor The EPA has released a a hre
MAY 16, 2020
Charging two initial infusions Q: A patient comes in for an infusion of a
a href="http://www.brighamandwomens.org/aboutbwh/publicaffairs/news/pressreleases/PressRelease.
A patient with congenital hydrocephalus with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt is admitted due to shun
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
JUSTCODING
The AMA and the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (A
"We saw residents leave the operating room mid-procedure because their duty hour clock was u
AUGUST 11, 2017
By Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC
OCTOBER 28, 2015
JUSTCODING
At least five people were “killed” Tuesday morning – including a respond
MAY 1, 2014
Q: Did CMS make any changes to the inpatient-only list? Usually there is a lot of discu
IPPS Proposed Rulea
MAY 7, 2014
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Editor’s note: This Q&A was taken from the January ASHE webinar, “Active Shoo
JANUARY 1, 2018
To get your lab in tip-top shape for the upcoming year, have a look back at the last year’s
Amid the healthcare industry’s efforts to reduce the overuse of emergency departments, a n
The Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine is piloting a “time banking” program fo
AUGUST 27, 2015
The Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine is piloting a “time banking” program fo
AUGUST 27, 2015
New physicians entering practice often leave residency with a wealth of medical knowledge yet lac
JULY 29, 2016
To pay for an emergency medicine residency position, Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario,
DECEMBER 9, 2016
By William C. Schillaci, EHS Daily Advisor The EPA has released a a hre
JUNE 28, 2020
Editor’s note: This Q&A was taken from the January ASHE webinar, &
DECEMBER 1, 2017
  Medicaid patients who visit the emergency department (ED) are seeking treatment
AUGUST 14, 2014
A review of more than 2,000 neurosurgical cases published in the a href="https://jamanetwork.com
NOVEMBER 30, 2017
A review of more than 2,000 neurosurgical cases published in the a href="https://jamanetwork.com
NOVEMBER 28, 2017
Q: I am having trouble with the procedure (PCS) coding for a perineal laceration repa
After witnessing discrimination directed at a resident from a patient’s family in their eme
NOVEMBER 18, 2016
With less than a year until ICD-10 implementation, a href="https://www.noridianmedicare.com/cgi-
A new CPT® code for arthrodesis, a joint fusion technique to relieve pain,
On April 1, CMS launched the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR)-- a major step
Providers won’t have to worry about participating in a new set of mandatory Medicare episod
There has been a fair amount of coverage on the documentation requirements needed to assign ICD-1
CMS released a href="http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/OutpatientCodeEdit/OCEQtrReleaseS
APRIL 29, 2015
JUSTCODING
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Work closely with clinic
OCTOBER 10, 2020
Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures are not the only ones coders will report using the
Lately I've received a lot of questions from hospitals about how to determine when and if
by Trey La Charité, MD My parents always warned to take anything a salesp
FEBRUARY 25, 2015
JUSTCODING
Unprecedented wildfires in California have forced hospitals to not only test their emergency plan
FEBRUARY 1, 2018
By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Get a firm handle on your COVID-
SEPTEMBER 2, 2020
FEBRUARY 11, 2015
JUSTCODING
Opioid addiction is a growing problem in the U.S., and to combat it the state of Connecticut rece
Two pilot programs launching this month as a collaboration between the UCLA Center for Prehospita
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
After several requests, CMS finally issued a waiver for some — but not all — equipmen
MAY 8, 2020
  A physician performs a percutaneous transcatheter embolization of the gastric ar
JUNE 4, 2014
JUSTCODING
CMS has terminated its Medicare agreement with Yorkville Endoscopy, a New York City clinic that
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) As mass casualty events
MARCH 13, 2020
To cut down on medication errors in its emergency department (ED), Children’s Medical Cente
JUNE 10, 2014
Q: Did CMS increase packaging for surgical procedures in 2014? Our surger
 The modern concept of informed consent was born barely a century ago in Schloendorff v. So
NOVEMBER 4, 2015
The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) issued a warning this week to all
CMS and Joint Commission are cracking down on potential ligature and self-harm risks A
NOVEMBER 1, 2017
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Whether you are planning
MAY 13, 2021
While we have all been living with the COVID-19 pandemic for a majority of 2020, the flu season i
NOVEMBER 20, 2020
You never know when an unexpected emergency will test your facility’s ability to perform un
APRIL 16, 2015
Residents can now enjoy a more home-like environment as part of their long-term care experience w
FEBRUARY 24, 2017
In a sweeping act of legislation that may affect the future of healthcare safety, late last year
HealthLeaders Media, a division of HCPro, in collaboration with McKesson Corporation, conducted a
OCTOBER 10, 2013
Marblehead, MA -- As global providers of heatlhcare seek to cemet their ability to attract a broa
JUNE 2, 2008
  Root operations are a new concept in ICD-10-PCS. Coders will need to understand
APRIL 23, 2014
JUSTCODING
Balancing patients’ rights and their safety At a Roaring 20s party this
Outpatient procedures will still be coded using CPT®/HCPCS—the HIPAA-
Experts say you should have a plan in place and practice it. Consider this your guide for traini
Injections and infusions book excerpt in a href="http://www.justcoding.com/special-reports-an
AUGUST 5, 2015
JUSTCODING
  Coders and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists may not always a
JUNE 17, 2015
JUSTCODING
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)
NOVEMBER 5, 2020
As of April 1, CMS will allow inpatient-only procedures to be included on inpatient claims simila
  New Mexico State Police are investigating how a man worked as an emergency medic
Many emergency nurses are used to dealing with badly injured patients and sudden death, but when
APRIL 28, 2016
They say you can't construct a strong building without a solid foundation, and to do that, you ne
APRIL 7, 2016
by Brian Ward Back in 2015, Ashley Weiss, DO, MPH, an a
Q: We have started receiving an edit for our pain management procedures reported with C
Massachusetts General Hospital, which fared poorly in its last inspection by a national accrediti
NOVEMBER 18, 2008
According to a national survey of more than 3,500 emergency department (ED) physicians, approxima
OCTOBER 12, 2018
What do you see outside your window? If you’re in many parts of the U.S., you might see a b
ICD-10-PCS queries will vary by specialty Ask a physician why he or she
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
JUSTCODING
New superbugs are emerging that the CDC and other agencies say can’t be stopped. Here&rsqu
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) CMS is gearing up to res
AUGUST 20, 2020
How is your organization using dual coding as a training tool for ICD-10? Code
MAY 20, 2015
JUSTCODING
According to a study published in Academic Medicine that surveyed more than 1,300 students from 2
AUGUST 14, 2015
New research shows that infections can be an underlying cause of patient falls, according to a st
OCTOBER 14, 2015
Research has shown that interviews are filled with bias and that interviewers on average reach a
JANUARY 12, 2018
Your key to a perfect safety training program is as close as a website customized for the hazard
After several requests, CMS finally issued a waiver for some—but not all—equipment in
JULY 25, 2020
By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Review and update
SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
By Jennifer Thew, RN Even when change is exhilarating—like buying a house or starti
APRIL 11, 2019
By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) CMS wants The Joint Comm
DECEMBER 21, 2019
Modify the a href="https://asprtracie.hhs.gov/technical-resources/resource/1875/preplanning-disa
DECEMBER 6, 2018
Modify the a href="https://asprtracie.hhs.gov/technical-resources/resource/1875/preplanning-disa
DECEMBER 4, 2018
Some body parts just need a little reinforcement. Or maybe a little augmentation. Use root operat
As a nurse manager, how often do you review the duties and responsibilities laid out in your staf
JULY 2, 2015
A new study has found that incorporating error tracking with checklists can give a more accurate
CMS removed two add-on procedure codes from the inpatient-only list in the 2015 OPPS final
  Spinal fusion is a procedure to join, or fuse, two or more vertebrae. The surgeo
AUGUST 27, 2014
JUSTCODING
A man apparently frustrated by the locked doors of the emergency room at a South Carolina
JUNE 12, 2014
 While the year seemed to start out relatively quietly on the emergency front (relative bein
NOVEMBER 15, 2018
A: Certain radiopharmaceuticals can only be reported with specific PET scan procedure
As your hospital's emergency planner and safety professional, there's a lot on your plate these d
JUNE 30, 2016
A study in the February 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association shows t
FEBRUARY 24, 2015
  The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the a href="h
There is no requirement to do a competency evaluation of home health aides after they have passed
A new study from the researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that medication er
OCTOBER 28, 2015
Sometimes like a kidney stone, but nonetheless… Before we dive into this week&rsqu
FEBRUARY 22, 2018
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)
JULY 8, 2021
A new focus on preventing patient deaths results in high scrutiny. Here’s what to expect a
APRIL 6, 2017
In light of the recent Ebola outbreak in the U.S., the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)
FEBRUARY 4, 2021
Q: An auditor recently told us to code two CPT® codes for a breast biopsy with plac
Infection control experts warn that it's only a matter of time before another pandemic like swin
A cardiovascular surgeon at a prominent Boston hospital was shot and killed by a man who then tur
JANUARY 21, 2015
What do checklists bring to healthcare? Editor's note: a href="http:
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
After CMS review, The Joint Commission has finally prepublished revisions to the Emergency Manage
Hospitals under fire to review and revamp their policies and procedures in the wake of dangers fa
DECEMBER 22, 2016
  As a nurse manager, how often do you review the duties and responsibilities laid o
JUNE 24, 2015
Emergency planning: Preparing for a winter storm As the first fl
JANUARY 5, 2017
Between 1997 and 2011, the number of deaths in emergency departments (ED) has been cut nearly in
JULY 12, 2016
  A small group of residents improved its performance on a robotic surgical proced
JUNE 20, 2014
CMS released a href="https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/ML
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Be aware that as COVID-1
MAY 27, 2021
By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) While The Joint Commissi
NOVEMBER 17, 2019
A pair of lawmakers in Massachusetts co-sponsored a bill that would increase penalties for attack
JULY 24, 2019
It’s official: Coordinators are a part of the program’s leadership team.
JULY 19, 2019
A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Step up oversight of
NOVEMBER 10, 2019
The Joint Commission has clarified its requirement that hospitals must have a written agreement w
Q: We are coding for pain management procedures and have been doing dual coding in ICD-9-CM an
JULY 9, 2014
JUSTCODING
OCTOBER 14, 2015
JUSTCODING
Junior surgery residents are getting less exposure to common surgeries, according to a study publ
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
Recent 911 outages, transformer explosion highlight need for a Plan B A
MARCH 1, 2019
Recent 911 outages, transformer explosion highlight need for a Plan B A
APRIL 1, 2019
A study published in Health Affairs found that emergency rooms (ER) haven’t been taking ste
DECEMBER 14, 2015
A recent audit revealed six security vulnerabilities within HHS’ Health Resources and Servi
A new “secret shopper” study released today by Johns Hopkins found that OR teams may
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures are not the only ones coders will report using the
FEBRUARY 11, 2015
JUSTCODING
 Howdy folks! A couple of quick items to warm the cockles of your heart as winter starts to
NOVEMBER 1, 2018
By Steven Andrews With the latest edition of the a href="https://www.cms.gov/Medic
February 2, 2004—Marblehead, Mass.—HCPro, Inc., a leading provider of integrated info
FEBRUARY 3, 2004
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)
DECEMBER 23, 2020
In January 2009, all eyes were focused on the Hudson River after a plane flying out of New York&r
DECEMBER 6, 2018
Surprise rule interpretation may force changes on some facilities In a rather surprisin
MARCH 9, 2017
Inpatient admissions for patients undergoing cardiovascular procedures such as implants of stents
Editor’s note: This Q&A was taken from a June 2017 webinar from th
OCTOBER 1, 2018
The ACGME recently posted three new webinars about the Next Accreditation System (NAS) on its a
OCTOBER 25, 2013
New technologies emerge to help keep intruders out and strengthen facility safety
DECEMBER 22, 2016
New technologies emerge to help keep intruders out and strengthen facility safety
DECEMBER 8, 2016
Preparing for a Joint Commission survey can preoccupy a safety official and take up more time tha
JULY 24, 2014
Healthcare-associated infections in acute care hospitals have decreased nationally, including a 1
JANUARY 21, 2015
A Recovery Auditor automated review of claims for cardiovascular nuclear medicine procedur
APRIL 29, 2015
JUSTCODING
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) released a much anticipated update to its "Statements
JUNE 28, 2016
Sound emergency planning requires safety professionals to adopt an "all-hazards" approa
DECEMBER 17, 2015
By John Palmer In today’s environment of a href="http://www.hcpro
OCTOBER 1, 2019
Three police officers – one of whom was in training – shot and killed a woman on July
JULY 17, 2014
Q&A The challenges of employed physicians
DECEMBER 1, 2014
An incoming patient wrapped in a cocoon of thick plastic emerged from the back of an ambulance at
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
A Paterson, New Jersey, hospital has implemented a program that will attempt to manage patients'
MARCH 31, 2016
Two new studies have found that women who contract the Zika virus late in a pregnancy have a low
First off, thoughts and prayers going out to the embattled folks in Texas; I do a fair amount of
AUGUST 31, 2017
Home health agencies can seek a little comfort in the relaxed provisions that CMS has put in plac
By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) The Trump administration
JUNE 11, 2020
By Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC  
JULY 22, 2015
JUSTCODING
CMS notes that as comprehensive APC (C-APC) policies expand, the agency needs a way to ide
 A laptop that might have contained PHI was stolen from a former University of Oklahoma Depa
Unintended retention of a foreign body, patient falls, and wrong-site surgery top The Joint Commi
MARCH 6, 2018
You arrive to work at 6:30 a.m. and find a night-shift nurse crying outside your office door. Bet
SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
While the 2017 OPPS proposed rule includes a variety of tweaks and augmentations to existing regu
A look at how local hospitals prepared for and managed the inclement weather
JANUARY 1, 2019
A firefighter is being credited with quick thinking and preventing a patient at an Alabama hospit
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Hackers offered a deal to a Washington, D.C. hospital that has been working around a paralyzed co
APRIL 7, 2016
A group of pre-med junior and senior students from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, recentl
JANUARY 20, 2017
The Cooperating Parties added a 17th section to the a href="http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/I
JULY 29, 2015
JUSTCODING
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Dust off any outstanding
OCTOBER 2, 2020
Emergency management ASHE study offers guidelines for emergency power res
JANUARY 1, 2018
Access the latest blog posts on a title="blocked::http://blogs.hcpro.com/icd
JULY 16, 2014
JUSTCODING
We at HCPro are discussing the possibility of hosting a special webcast about infection control &
OCTOBER 15, 2014
A brazen midday robbery from a patient room at a St. Louis hospital has increased security measur
JULY 2, 2015
Consult your emergency management plan when facing an impending storm, and update this plan with
As the city of Boston prepares for its marathon one year after the tragic double bombing a
APRIL 10, 2014
With out-of-network bills becoming a bigger problem, some states are passing laws that make it mo
NOVEMBER 29, 2016
This past summer, a spotlight was shone on the risks posed by Legionella. The bacterium
A checklist is a staple in any high-reliability industry. Checklists support human memory and ser
DECEMBER 8, 2015
Submit your HIPAA questions to Associate Editor Nicole Votta at a href="mailto:nvotta@hcpro.com"
DECEMBER 15, 2015
According to a recent analysis of Medicare data by Kaiser Health News and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
JULY 1, 2019
By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) As Hurricane Dorian gain
NOVEMBER 2, 2019
New Mexico state police are investigating how a man who was not licensed as an emergency medical
A car carrying an underage shooting victim to the emergency room after a shooting crashed into a
JULY 17, 2014
Hospital workers in the United States train on a regular basis for an emergency, but for the most
JULY 24, 2014
A young child from African nation of Liberia was being held in isolation at a hospital in Dover,
OCTOBER 8, 2014
A deer apparently hit by a car had to be put down October 26 after it wandered into the ED at a R
OCTOBER 29, 2015
Submit your HIPAA questions to Associate Editor Nicole Votta at a href="mailto:mailto:nvotta@hcp
Summertime in Chicago has brought a rise in gang-related shootings, and many hospitals are faced
AUGUST 11, 2016
Access the latest blog posts on a title="blocked::http://blogs.hcpro.com/icd-10/" target=
JULY 23, 2014
JUSTCODING
From a legal perspective, you should take a regular look at your job descriptions to ensure that
JULY 2, 2015
By Christopher Cheney A volunteer “COVID Line Team” a
FEBRUARY 11, 2021
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)
APRIL 15, 2021
Last year was a bad year to be a duodenoscope manufacturer. In February 2015, the Food and Drug A
JANUARY 19, 2016
Dear Colleague, A little-noticed change in the 2004 update of the Comprehensive Accred
Use a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-media-fury-follows-video-of-dazed-woman-
MARCH 1, 2018
Q: We have been reporting skin substitutes with the appropriate procedure codes (either
A patient’s consent is an integral part of any surgical or interventional procedure. 
JUNE 2, 2016
A study released by Journal of Surgical Research this month found a link between the rea
SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a href="http://hcmarketplace.com/
OCTOBER 12, 2018
  Codes for common procedures of the skin, such as excisions, wound closures, and
APRIL 15, 2015
JUSTCODING
After last year's OPPS proposed rule debacle, which included a later-than-usual release, d
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Just as in any other sur
JULY 29, 2021
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Just as in any other sur
JUNE 17, 2021
It turns out that 2017 was a slightly safer year to be a worker in the healthcare industry. That
APRIL 1, 2019
It turns out that 2017 was a slightly safer year to be a worker in the healthcare industry. That
JULY 1, 2019
In September, The Joint Commission published a href="https://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18
JANUARY 1, 2018
A father who attempted to take his newborn son out of a San Jose, California hospital against the
AUGUST 13, 2014
A new proposal introduced by the House Ways and Means Committee aims to match payment rates and m
Disruptive behavior from physicians has become a topic of conversation after a recent court case
SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
Hospital-owned urgent care centers are subject to modifier -PO (services, procedures and/or surge
Georgia hospitals could scale back their services under a plan unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Nathan
A patient at a New York hospital remained in isolation Tuesday as doctors awaited test results to
AUGUST 6, 2014
Caring for behavioral health patients is a major challenge for nurse leaders. When it escalates t
DECEMBER 21, 2016
by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Your blanket waivers surrounding healthca
JANUARY 14, 2021
I think we can agree that things in the safety world are moving along at a pretty good clip, part
DECEMBER 7, 2017
When coders hear the term bypass, they may think first of a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) p
DECEMBER 3, 2014
JUSTCODING
Holding a well-conducted drill (and using multiple types of drills) can bring you lots of good da
APRIL 28, 2016
A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services says hospitals in the tri-state New
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
Map (third character K) is a very narrowly defined ICD-10-PCS root operation. By definition, Map
  The sixth character of every ICD-10-PCS code denotes a device. That doesn’
FEBRUARY 12, 2014
JUSTCODING
A patient handoff (also known as transitioning) is both the act of passing a patient between car
Q: When coding excision of a breast mass with needle localization using stereotactic gu
MARCH 19, 2014
JUSTCODING
The 2017 Chicago session of The Joint Commission’s annual Executive Briefings saw a far-ran
DECEMBER 1, 2017
CMS refined and updated its Comprehensive APC policy in the a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fd
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
JUSTCODING
Operating room (OR) briefings are a good way to improve teamwork and communication and can lead t
JULY 15, 2014
  Dear readers,   Please take a few moments to comple
MARCH 19, 2015
Being rude can affect medical performance and patient care, according to a study conducted by Te
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
The Practical Guide to Release of Information: ROI in a HITECH World, Second Edition, pr
Massachusetts health authorities are investigating an allegation that a surgeon at St. Vincent Ho
AUGUST 11, 2016
The Practical Guide to Release of Information: ROI in a HITECH World, Second Edition,
We continue our discussion on planning a move toward a just culture to improve patient safety. La
NOVEMBER 12, 2020
A man entered Johns Hopkins Hospital with a gun early Tuesday morning and is believed to h
APRIL 17, 2014
A Minneapolis hospital narrowly avoided tragedy June 19 when a hillside overlooking the Mi
JUNE 25, 2014
Physician outsourcing firm EmCare, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare, recently announced plans
JUNE 19, 2014
A suspicious device attached to a staff member’s car in the parking lot of an Allentown, Pe
JULY 24, 2014
Dear readers, Is the traditional house call coming back? An article from thea hre
JULY 30, 2015
 A car fire damaged several cars at a University of Michigan Hospital parking garage in Ann
AUGUST 20, 2015
Active shooters and armed violence represent a rapidly growing issue in America’s hospitals
AUGUST 25, 2015
Although they have been touted as a convenient and low-cost option for medical treatment, retail
MARCH 10, 2016
Seventy-eight percent of emergency medicine residents and attending physicians reported at least
JUNE 16, 2016
Nearly three-quarters of physicians questioned in a survey by InCrowd said they felt their health
JUNE 23, 2016
In a move to ease nurse shortages, a new law in Alabama will allow nurses with multistate license
JUNE 12, 2019
A woman was found wandering outside a Baltimore hospital wearing only a hospital gown and socks.
By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com) Ligature risk, building
AUGUST 1, 2019
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four articles on Patient Safety Indicat
APRIL 22, 2015
JUSTCODING
Unintended retention of a foreign body, patient falls, and wrong-site surgery top The Joint Commi
MARCH 8, 2018
Unintended retention of a foreign body, patient falls, and wrong-site surgery top The Joint Commi
MARCH 8, 2018
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
JUSTCODING
Submit your HIPAA questions to Associate Editor Nicole Votta at a href="mailto:nvotta@hcpro.com"
Editor’s note: This is the second of a series of stories that will help medical clinics
By Steven Porter, HealthLeaders Media A study that found independent hos
MARCH 1, 2019
 Laundry carts should be the last thing on a facility manager’s mind, until yo
NOVEMBER 10, 2016
Today, more and more emergency departments (ED) are using designated case managers to improve car
Q: I am having trouble with ICD-10-PCS coding for a perineal laceration repair. Some so
OCTOBER 7, 2015
JUSTCODING
A new study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that medication errors
OCTOBER 27, 2015
Hospitals under fire to review and revamp their policies and procedures in the wake of dangers f
DECEMBER 22, 2016
By Christopher Cheney For the first time, a href="https://www.le
OCTOBER 31, 2019
By Jennifer Thew, RN Originally appeared in a href="http://www.healthleaders
SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
As the person in charge of emergency preparation at your hospital, you should anticipate the dang
JULY 31, 2014
In July, a patient shot and killed his case worker and wounded a physician at Mercy Wellness Cent
AUGUST 13, 2014
A man who threatened to jump from a Miami hospital parking garage Sept. 26 is safe, according to
OCTOBER 2, 2014
A new report from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found t
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A healthcare organization’s culture is what drives behavior, which in turn drives outcomes.
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by: Megan Pielmeier Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar declared a
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A complication basically refers to an unexpected result, outcome, or event. When it comes to codi
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A shift in healthcare toward minimally invasive procedures performed with robot technology&mdash
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Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto have developed a “black box” for use
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The Joint Commission last week announced the development of a new optional advanced certification
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A survey of nearly 700 patients who had experienced harm or whose relatives were harmed by medica
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A federal judge, finding in favor of hospitals, rejected CMS’s arguments that it met all le
How would we bill the following scenario? On Monday, a nurse assesses the patient’s
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I am a huge proponent of making improvements to any emergency plan, but when regulatory ag
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Physicians in rural areas earn an average of $1,500 more in salary a year compared to thei
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The Department of Health and Human Services announced a $195 million grant to support the Hospi
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Once a physician makes the decision to break the “traditional practice” mold, there
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Active shooters and armed violence represent a rapidly growing problem in America’s hospita
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A survey of more than 19,000 physicians across 26 specialties found that one-third of emergency m
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To reduce emergency department (ED) readmissions, Kaiser Permanente Northwest has connected frequ
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The University of Michigan Health System published a report finding differences among the level o
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on a January 19 call that they a
Cardiologists saw the biggest pay increases from 2017-2018—a 4.4% raise in compensation. Ei
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Coding tells a patient's story, based on the narrative the physician provides in his or her docum
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Q: We have been providing lung cancer screening using a low-dose computed tomography (LDCT)
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Wrong-patient, wrong-site, or wrong-procedure errors top the list of sentinel event statistics re
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Patient safety advocate ECRI Institute has released a list of what it says are the top 10
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Dozens of patients at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle were infected with a superbug infe
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  As part of the a href="http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learn
The FDA issued a safety alert in September around infections associated with reprocessed flexible
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Collaboration between the CDI team and the coders was key to ensuring accuracy and success with a
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Now available! A criteria-based core privileging system ensures consistency, flexibility, effici
Now available! A criteria-based core privileging system ensures consistency, flexibility, effici
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Nurse managers and their staff often face racism in the work place; Minority Nurse a href="http:
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CMS requires that a physician narrative be included in a patient’s hospice recertification
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Baylor College of Medicine conducted an a href="https://www.bcm.edu/news/surgery/human-errors-ad
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