KDIGO Announces new Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Management of CKD

management of ckd

By Brian Murphy According to the ACDIS 2023 CDI Week Industry Overview Survey, kidney disease was ranked the fifth highest denied diagnosis (29.7% of respondents) after sepsis, respiratory failure, malnutrition, and encephalopathy. So it behooves you to know the latest and greatest clinical practice guidelines from the authoritative body who establishes them. Because you can…

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Rx for rural community health: CDI on a shoestring with Jennifer Cummins

Listen to the full episode here: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/uVBMHJadvIb    Small community hospitals are the backbone of healthcare for most of the country, even today in this era of sprawling healthcare organizations and massive mergers.     But while they’re critical to the health of our nation, resources are often scarce, and CDI is no exception.    Jennifer…

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UnitedHealthcare Cyberattack Underscores need for Increased Government Oversight, Medicare Advantage Reform


By Brian Murphy I’ve been thinking about the disastrous cyberattack, which is costing providers a reported $100M per day. And what it means for the future of healthcare, including Medicare Advantage (MA). UnitedHealthcare deserves no blame for the attack itself. We can blame its lack of preparedness. We should criticize its inadequate response. But they…

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Breaking Down ICD-10-CM 7th Characters for Traumatic Fracture Care

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Crystal May, CCS, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, AAPC Approved Instructor Sr. Risk Adjustment Consultant, Norwood Coders often get overwhelmed with coding traumatic fractures, typically due to the numerous 7th characters available. But coding them isn’t as scary as it seems once you understand how they break down. The first question you must ask is, is…

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Burd(a)’s eye on Medicare Advantage: What does the future hold?

Listen to the full podcast here: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/U0Dxkanv7Hb    I don’t know about you but I’m FASCINATED with Medicare Advantage (MA). Massive growth, fueled by its shrewd marketing of added benefits beyond traditional Medicare. But also chaotic, messy, a program in need of reining in.    It’s a bit of the wild west.   I like…

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AAIM vs. GLIM: Evaluating the Best Tool for Diagnosis of Severe and Other Forms of Malnutrition


By Brian Murphy AAIM or GLIM… which is the better tool for diagnosing severe and other forms of malnutrition? A question not without its share of controversy. For U.S. hospitals and healthcare organizations, the answer is AAIM, according to my recent guest on Off the Record, ECU Health Adult Clinical Dietitian Supervisor Ashley Strickland. These…

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