by Dr. Jon Elion | Mar 11, 2015

Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” – Mark Twain’s Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North American Review In an effort to win …VIEW DETAILS

by Dr. Jon Elion | Feb 25, 2015

When Medicare Severity (MS-) DRGs came into effect in October 2007, hospitals discovered an unexpected clinical documentation gap that impacted their bottom line. While doctors traditionally write clinically-oriented notes that reflect and communicate their medical assessments and plans, the new features of MS-DRGs require a medical record with greater diagnostic specificity. The consequences of this …VIEW DETAILS

by Dr. Jon Elion | Feb 10, 2015

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man      – William Shakespeare Clinical documentation should include a thorough record of all of the diagnoses for the patient (past and present), symptoms experienced, treatments and procedures planned …VIEW DETAILS

by Dr. Jon Elion | Jan 30, 2015

Physicians have been bombarded with opinions, information and misinformation about ICD-10. This makes it challenging for them to cut through the politics and posturing and focus exclusively on practical and pragmatic approaches to deal with the new coding system.[1] Discussions are often clouded by confusing issues specifically related to an inpatient or outpatient setting, or …VIEW DETAILS

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