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Emergency Department Use of Modifiers

coding corner Emergency Department Use of Modifiers Margaret Pitotti, RHIT, CCS April 1, 2000, is the start date for using modifiers to report the technical component of hospital outpatient services. Although the Health Care Financing Administration’s (HCFA) September program memo to Medicare fiscal intermediaries…

Air Pollution and Asthma

ASTHMA AIR POLLUTION and Asthma Tiny Particles Take a Big Toll By Tracy L. Schmierer Invisible particles hang in wait, primed to spread their toxins to the next victim who dares to breathe, laugh or sigh. Despite efforts to clean up our air, pollution…

Treasures of Transfusion Medicine

BLOOD BANKING Treasures of Transfusion Medicine Significant blood banking advances are in progress and experts predict this trend will continue. By Jay E. Menitove, MD Blood bankers, or as some prefer, transfusion medicine specialists, face extraordinary changes. New infectious disease testing procedures and expanded…

RAI MDS RUGS

Long-Term Care Success Depends on Knowledgeable MDS Coordinator BY JOAN WAGNER, MSN, CRNP Providing care to residents in nursing facilities is complex and challenging work. With the latest regulatory changes, a long-term care facility’s success is greatly dependent on a knowledgeable Minimum Data Set…

Lab Values of the Renal Failure Patient

Lab Values of the Renal Failure Patient By PATRICIA SENGSTACK, MSN, RN, CCRN You’re looking over the lab reports for the morning when you come across Mr. Norris’ numbers. As you puzzle over many of his abnormal serum values, you remember that 63-year-old Mr.…

Perceptions of Asthma

ASTHMA Perceptions of Asthma Culture Influences Treatment Adherence By Tracy L. Schmierer The medicine men of the Nacirema culture work in an imposing temple, or latipso, where they perform elaborate ceremonies to treat the sick. Supplicants entering the temple are stripped of all their…

Champion Community Asthma Coalitions

first thoughts Champion Community Asthma Coalitions While asthma affects people of all colors and creeds, its burden falls heaviest on the shoulders of the poor and minorities. These populations experience significantly high rates of fatalities, hospital admissions and emergency room visits, according to the…

Is Telepathology Right for Your Lab

TELEPATHOLOGY Is Telepathology Right for You r Lab? Despite a few obstacles yet to be surmounted, telepathology is a value-added product that can enhance the service provided by a pathologist. By Robert Rainer, MD More than two decades ago we entered the information age…

Stepping up to the Challenge of Multidepartment

INTERDISCIPLINARY MANAGEMENT Eye on Integration Stepping up to the Challenge of Multidepartmental Management By Lynn Nace Wanted: A take-charge, open-minded, financial wizard needed to motivate radiologic technologists, clinical laboratory scientists, respiratory care practitioners and other health care personnel. Individual must also be a team…

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