Why Pursue Advanced Certification in Heart Failure (ACHF)?

ACHF Certification from The Joint Commission, offered in collaboration with the American Heart Association, provides comprehensive guidance to develop and enhance an exceptional Heart Failure Program. Here’s why pursuing this certification is beneficial: Benefits of Certification (Source: The Joint Commission) Key Elements of the Program (Source: The Joint Commission) Recognition Opportunities (Source: American Heart Association) Participation in Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure is a…

Posted on Jul. 8, 2024 in From Our Perspective

Targeted Axillary Dissection (TAD): Not to be Confused with Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

The terminology in breast cancer lymph node surgeries can be confusing and lead to miscoding of the Scope of Regional Lymph Node Surgery field, which in turn could negatively impact research on treatment efficacy and patient outcomes. It is imperative that cancer registrars understand the different surgical terminology and definitions, and practice diligence when reading operative reports. Breast cancer patients with clinically suspicious lymph nodes, during…

Posted on Jul. 1, 2024 in From Our Perspective

Oncology Coding Break – Prostate SSDI: Number of Cores Positive and Examined

In our quality reviews, we often encounter confusion regarding how to code two SSDI fields for Prostate: Number of Cores Positive and Number of Cores Examined. This confusion typically arises when there is a discrepancy between the pathology report’s final diagnosis and the gross description, or between the dictated physician procedure report and the pathology report. To prevent errors in coding, it is essential to prioritize…

Posted on Jun. 24, 2024 in Oncology Coding Break

Sepsis Chatter – Spec Manual Updates: July-Dec 2024 Discharges & Challenging Abstraction

Welcome to the Spring 2024 Edition of Sepsis Chatter! Our newest video presentation is titled: “Sepsis Chatter-Specification Manual Updates for Discharges July 1, 2024 through December 31,2024 and Challenging Abstraction Review”. This presentation discusses the updated abstraction guidelines and instructions for discharges beginning July 1, 2024. Also, the presentation includes three challenging case scenarios that have inspired in-depth interpretation discussions over the past few months. The…

Posted on Jun. 10, 2024 in Sepsis Chatter