Healthcare providers must be vigilant in ensuring that software upgrades, also known as patches, are kept current. Failure to do so can lead to a HIPAA Security Breach with all its associated penalties. For example Windows XP no longer has security updates and should not be used in healthcare settings.
On January 17, 2018, the OCR released another known problem with the chips on some computers. The notice stated:
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According to the official ICD-10-CM Guidelines, in situations of maltreatment (e.g., adult and child abuse, neglect, etc.), the sequence of coding is important. Regardless of whether it is suspected or confirmed, it is important to document the type of abuse. Use the following sequence:Read More
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination. All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill, and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Talk to your Medicare patients about vaccines they may need.
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The Increased Specificity in ICD-10-CM means documentation must more specific to accommodate the complications and combinations used.
The diabetes mellitus codes are combination codes that include the type of diabetes mellitus, the body system affected, and the complications affecting that body system.Read More
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