Health, Depends on Where you Live

Emmel Golden, MD, FCCP, CCDS

If searching the 2022 IPPS (2,295 pages) for the word determinants, the word appears 18 times. CMS is asking for comments and it appears that…

Big Brother is Watching You!

Eli Freilich, MD, MMM, CHCQM-PHYADV, CCDS, CCDS-O, CRCR

COVID and the OIG As you are aware the CARES Act of 2020 provides for an additional 20% above the billed DRG for treating a…

Atrial Fibrillation…A Sticky Subject!

Emmel Golden, MD, FCCP, CCDS

A secondary hypercoagulable state in patients with atrial fibrillation, a sticky subject. Does a secondary hypercoagulable state exist in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)? This…

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Adriane Martin, DO, CCDS, FACOS

It is safe to say that since January of 2020 not a day has gone by without mention of Covid being made by the media…

Are You Managing or Avoiding Denials?

Eli Freilich, MD, MMM, CHCQM-PHYADV, CCDS, CCDS-O

In this post-Covid error, managing denials is not the way to enhance revenue and reduce expenses.  It is more important…

What is the Importance of Clinical Documentation?

Emmel Golden, MD, FCCP, CCDS

The links to the article, Assessment of Potentially Preventable Hospital Readmissions After Major Surgery and Association with Public vs Private Health Insurance and Comorbidites by…

HCCs: Ambulatory vs Acute Care Setting

Eli Freilich, MD, CCDS

So you thought hierarchical condition categories (HCCs) only mattered in the outpatient arena, but this is a common misconception!  These diagnoses have an impact on various quality and mortality…

The COVID-19 Vaccine: How Does that Really Work?

Adriane Martin, DO, CCDS, FACOS

Vaccines have been around since the 18th century when Edward Jenner introduced the smallpox vaccine in 1796. There are four general categories of vaccines that…

To Code or Not to Code Brain Compression?

Emmel Golden, MD, FCCP, CCDS

Coding or not coding Brain compression (G93.5) caused by trauma is a topic of frequent discussion and confusion. Coding Clinic, Second Quarter 2020 page 31,…