A Look Ahead

COVID-19 Challenges, Implications and New Trends for HIM

COVID-19 Challenges, Implications and New Trends for HIM

Healthcare organizations have been forced to stall many process improvement projects over the years due to lack of budget and resources. Enter the coronavirus. The realization quickly set in for HIM and revenue cycle departments that process improvements were the only...

Our New Normal Gives HIM a Chance to Shine

Our New Normal Gives HIM a Chance to Shine

With a positive change in mindset, HIM and coding teams have an opportunity to not only recover, but prosper and be better than ever! While HIM professionals are dealing with current challenges including reduced patient volume, layoffs and furloughs and working from...

Our New Normal Is Around the Corner

Our New Normal Is Around the Corner

As the U.S. begins its recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, evidence strongly suggests that there will never be a return to “normal” for healthcare providers and HIM professionals, but rather a return to a “new normal” that we all should prepare to embrace. The crisis...

Moving to ICD-11

Moving to ICD-11

ICD-11 Is Coming, or Is It?ICD-11 is the newest version of the International Classification of Diseases. It was presented by the World Health Organization (WHO) and approved at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2019 for adoption by member states. However, the...

KIWI-TEK Excels in Privacy and Security Risk Assessment

KIWI-TEK Excels in Privacy and Security Risk Assessment

KIWI-TEK has attested that they have put into operation a complete set of HIPAA-based privacy and security policies, forms, and a privacy and security risk analysis. As part of our ongoing effort to be the best coding service in the industry, KIWI-TEK is continually...

CFO Zone Puts Coding in the Spotlight

CFO Zone Puts Coding in the Spotlight

Revenue cycle executive involvement is an essential ingredient to recognize the full value of any outsourced coding partnership. For the 70 percent [i]of hospitals, health systems and physician groups that plan to extend outsourced medical...

Denial Prevention-How to Avoid Common Culprits

Denial Prevention-How to Avoid Common Culprits

In this month’s Journal of AHIMA, KIWI-TEK’s article “Denial Prevention: Understanding Common Culprits and How to Avoid Them” explores reasons for coding denials and offers practices to promote optimal reimbursement. As our company’s vice president of coding...

New Demands on Coding Professionals: A Look Ahead

New Demands on Coding Professionals: A Look Ahead

Myriam Johnson, RHIA, Coding Manager, KIWI-TEK | January, 2019 Medical record coding professionals face added duties, technology transitions and new colleague conversations in the year ahead. Professional fee physician coding piles up as hospitals continue their march...

Best Practices To Onboard New Inpatient Coders

Best Practices To Onboard New Inpatient Coders

Sarah Humbert, RHIA, Vice President of Coding Operations, KIWI-TEK,LLC and Catrena Smith, CCS, CCS-P, CPCO, CPC, CIC, CPC-I, CRC, CHTS-PW, Coding Manager, KIWI-TEK | December 20, 2018 In a recent edition of HCPro’s JustCoding.Com, we shared best practices for one of...

EHRs Trigger Billing Backlogs: Three Case Examples

EHRs Trigger Billing Backlogs: Three Case Examples

Overcoming EHR Medical Coding Backlogs A recent KIWI-TEK brief shed light on how frequently EHRs cause reimbursement backlogs and the magnitude at which they do so. This blog post expands upon that theme, offering three real-life examples of EHRs causing errors in...

Tips To Help You Pass A HIPAA Compliance Audit

Tips To Help You Pass A HIPAA Compliance Audit

What Is HIPAA Auditing? Though the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed by Congress in 1996, it wasn’t until 2003 that the first national data privacy and security rules were issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

Tips For Coding Pressure Ulcers In ICD-10

Tips For Coding Pressure Ulcers In ICD-10

On February 21, 2018 Temeka Davis, RHIT, and I hosted a webinar on how to correctly code pressure ulcers. This blog lists three important tips from our presentation for proper coding of pressure ulcers. TIP #1: CHECK YOUR RESOURCES The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory...

How To Maximize Your Coding Audit Results

How To Maximize Your Coding Audit Results

I recently wrote about this topic in the Journal of AHIMA's March 2018 issue. The following blog summarizes key points from the article for coding managers and HIM directors or you can read the full version here. The implementation of ICD-10 in October 2015 brought...

Fast-track Your Coding Strategy

A How-to Guide for Today’s HIM Leaders

    Fast-track Your Coding Strategy

    A How-to Guide for HIM Directors