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Get the most up-to-minute news and information on ICD-10. Join Chuck Buck and Erica Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, every Tuesday as they welcome ICD10monitor contributing editors and special guests to monitor and report on the progress that all healthcare stakeholders are experiencing in their respective implementations of ICD-10. Register to attend live here:

Get the most up-to-minute news and information on ICD-10. Join Chuck Buck and Erica Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, every Tuesday as they welcome ICD10monitor contributing editors and special guests to monitor and report on the progress that all healthcare stakeholders are experiencing in their respective implementations of ICD-10. Register to attend live here:


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Get the most up-to-minute news and information on ICD-10. Join Chuck Buck and Erica Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, every Tuesday as they welcome ICD10monitor contributing editors and special guests to monitor and report on the progress that all healthcare stakeholders are experiencing in their respective implementations of ICD-10. Register to attend live here:






SPECIAL EDITION COVID-19: “With” versus “For”

In today’s supercharged general lexicon, words have enhanced meaning. So as more and more hospitals admit patients, the words “for” and “with” are garnering great significance. With hospitals filling up with patients who have a COVID-19 diagnosis linked to their stay, what is the actual admission for? During next week's Talk Ten Tuesdays broadcast, we have asked nationally recognized professional coding expert, educator, and author Terry A. Fletcher to report on the ever-evolving COVID-19...


SPECIAL EDITION: Overcoming Distrust in Healthcare

ICD10monitor and Talk Ten Tuesdays continue reporting on the social determinants of health (SDoH), as they relate to health equity. On Tuesday, Jan. 18, the day after the national observance of the life of slain civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sharon Easterling, an African-American senior healthcare consultant, will return to the broadcast to report on this timely and crucially important subject. Many Americans no doubt recall seeing the grainy black-and-white TV news...


The Social Determinants of Health: An Update by Blue Cross Blue Shield

The health of all Americans is on the line – particularly among the nation’s communities of color, where maternal health issues, behavioral health issues, diabetes, and cardiovascular conditions have a disproportionate impact. Recognizing this national concern, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has devised a national health equity strategy to confront such health disparities. All this follows the release by the National Center for Health Statistics of 2022 ICD-10-CM codes, both new and...


Compliant CDI Technology

There’s never enough time to keep up with the myriad of changes confronting clinical documentation integrity specialists (CDISs). And that is why Talk Ten Tuesdays will reveal important content about a new white paper developed by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialist (ACDIS), as part of a featured segment during the next edition of the weekly Internet radio broadcast. “Compliant Clinical...


Reduce Revenue Leakage: An Important Role for Outpatient CDI

Clinical documentation integrity (CDI) programs can have a broad impact in outpatient settings. One key area for outpatient CDI to consider is denials reduction, which begins with understanding what’s contributing to denial risk. Denial reduction is really about denial prevention. It’s about analyzing denials by category, by payer, and by reason to uncover trends for high-volume or high-dollar denials, then using that discovery to provide education about clinical documentation issues or...


Chronic Care Management: Are You Leaving Money on the Table?

Are you facing a problem with your physcians? They find themselves with patients who have not just one but two or more chronic conditions that need managing? Not just for in-person encounters, but from an ongoing, non-face-to-face perspective? Many practices have this patient population, but are not capturing care management services correctly, or at all, for work that is already being done. It’s a huge problem with potentially serious financial impacts. But the answer is close at hand....


Exclusive ICD-11 Update: Recommendations for Immediate Action

Like the inevitable approach of a slow-moving freight train, ICD-11 is on the horizon, heading this way. It’s coming. That’s why we asked Margaret Skurka to join us for the next upcoming edition of Talk-Ten-Tuesdays: to give you an exclusive update on the new code set for America’s health system. Skurka, a member of the National Committee of Vital Health Statistics (NCVHS), participated in describing for the Honorable Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human...


An Exclusive Look at Vaccine Mandates: Who Gets the Shot, and Who Doesn’t?

The Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Mandates are out! What entities are included under the regulations, and which are excluded? Facilities and physician practices have been doing everything they can to get staff and providers vaccinated, in fear of losing their provider status with Medicare and their funds being interrupted. But what organizations really must abide by these requirements under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation...


Exclusive: Outpatient CDI in the Emergency Department

Is the emergency department (ED) an outpatient CDI priority for your organization? The emergency department is the main source of admissions to a hospital – and the first location patients typically receive care. What should you consider when determining how an outpatient CDI program could support quality patient care, proper payment, and complete and accurate data? During the next live edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays, outpatient CDI expert Colleen Deighan will return with another...


What in the World is a Medical Assistant?

What can a medical assistant do – and not do? Medical assistants have a narrow list of tasks they can perform for patients or for a doctor in a doctor's office. It's often difficult to know what's allowed, because there are not strong laws or regulations in place regarding medical assistants. Since no one really “regulates” them, and they are frighteningly under-monitored by any sort of government agency, what rules should they follow? In the next live edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays, Terry...


Continuing Series on Outpatient CDI: How to Begin an HCC Program

Outpatient CDI expert Colleen Deighan will return to the next edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays to continue her popular series on a subject that continues to generate listener interest and questions. Deighan will also conduct a listener’s survey during the weekly Internet radio broadcast. When healthcare organizations are considering, planning, or beginning efforts directed toward documentation integrity in the outpatient setting, Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) are a key focus. Deighan...


Taking AIM at Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

We’re taking AIM at reducing maternal morbidity and mortality during an exclusive four-part series on ICD10monitor and Talk Ten Tuesdays. The series will be led by senior healthcare consultant Kristi Pollard, Director of Coding Quality and Education for the Haugen Consulting Group. During her series, Kristi will discuss how coded data is being used by the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) to improve maternal outcomes. The live broadcast will also feature these other...


Outpatient CDI Risk Adjustment and HCC Capture

Outpatient CDI programs can have real impact with risk adjustment and Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs). An important component of the HCC risk adjustment model is accurate and appropriate HCC capture, representing a patient’s disease burden year over year. HCCs reflect hierarchies within related disease categories. A patient can have multiple HCC categories assigned, and each category, along with patient demographics, is factored into the patient’s overall risk adjustment factor...


The Dilemma of Coding Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic rages on, exposing huge gaps in America’s vulnerable healthcare system, posing life-or-death questions that tear at our collective subconsciousness. There’s also the constant drumbeat of headline news: vaccination mandates versus personal freedom, for example. Are two shots sufficient, or are three better? Should young children be vaccinated or not? With staff shortages and the rationing of care, who gets an inpatient bed and who doesn’t? Today, as never before,...


Outpatient CDI and Getting Back to the Basics

Physician engagement, query productivity, and revenue integrity are some but not all of the activities that encompass today’s outpatient clinical documentation integrity (OP CDI) arena, which continues to gain traction among America’s hospitals and health systems. During an exclusive broadcast report, CDI expert Colleen Deighan will unveil a Talk Ten Tuesdays listener’s survey on this topic, in which listeners are encouraged to participate. Delving into the survey responses, Colleen will...


Lessons Learned – A COVID-19 Long Hauler Speaks Out

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is awarding $470 million to New York University to perform a national study on “tens of thousands of people, to research the long-term effects of COVID-19.” One such individual who might be included in the study will be the special guest during the next live edition of Talk-Ten-Tuesdays: Deborah Grider, longtime ICD10monitor national correspondent and senior healthcare consultant for Karen Zupko & Associates. Grider will return to the broadcast with...


COVID-19 Update: Second Surge Underway

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage throughout the U.S., fueled by the Delta variant that is driving a new surge of infections of the deadly coronavirus – all this amid growing antagonism about mask mandates and vaccine hesitancy. The U.S. death toll now stands at more than 650,000, with projections indicating more than 750,000 deaths being likely by Dec. 1. In fact, Idaho, reported to have the nation’s lowest vaccination rate – only 45 percent of its population has received at least...


A Trending Issue: PSI Rates Expected to Increase

Questions and concerns about the recent and significant updates to Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has prompted the return of Dr. James Kennedy, a subject matter expert on PSIs, to the next live edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays. The live broadcast will also feature these other segments: Coding Report: CDI Report: RegWatch:News Desk: TalkBack: Town Hall:


An Explosive Topic: Rates Expected to Increase for PSIs 8, 11 and 14

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) – which factor greatly into provider success with the Medicare Inpatient Quality Reporting, Leapfrog, and Maryland quality initiatives – were recently significantly updated for the 2021 fiscal year (FY). During the next live edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays, you’ll learn why PSI 8, Hospital-acquired hip fracture; PSI 11, Postoperative respiratory failure; and PSI 14, Wound dehiscence rates are likely to...


Important News for Coders: Quantifying the Sequelae Following Acute COVID-19

The rapidly expanding surge of COVID-19 infections is triggering a renewed look at the impact the virus is having on long-haulers. The pressing challenge is to understand the findings on the sequelae after recovery from COVID-19 – and what variations are expected to evolve. Meanwhile, research reveals that about 14 percent of adults who had been infected with the virus developed at least one new clinical sequela requiring medical attention after recovery from COVID-19, although many...