Coding and Data Quality (CDQ)

The CHIA Journal articles provided by the CHIA Coding Data Quality (CDQ) Committee are available online to access by any HIM professional. These articles address coding classification official guidelines, medical record documentation topics, payer guidelines, and data reporting. These resources can be used as a means to more fully understand and improve the quality of medical coding, clinical documentation, and to help educate staff and other health care colleagues on these issues.

  • Coding and Data Quality Articles Solicited
    CHIA accepts original, unpublished articles about current issues and best practices in health information management. CHIA encourages members and other individuals to submit articles for publication in the CHIA Journal. See CHIA Publication Guidelines for details, and email articles or questions to

Coding Data Quality - Featured Articles

The Future of Evaluation and Management Coding - September/October 2020
ICD-11 Ready for Use January 1, 2022 - July/August 2020
Are You Coding with Blinders On? - July/August 2020
Coding for COVID-19 - May/June 2020
Coding for Postpartum Coagulopathies - March/April 2020
2020 CPT Updates - January/February 2020
Insights on the FY 2020 ICD-10 Updates - November/December 2019
Home IV Therapy Discharge Disposition - November/December 2019
Coding for Postprocedural Pneumothorax - September/October 2019
Patient Driven Payment Model in Long Term Care Facilities - July/August 2019
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Substance Use Coding - May/June 2019
Clinical Coding Accuracy in ICD-10-CM - March/April 2019
Official Coding Guideline Changes for FY 2019 - January/February 2019
Sepsis Progression - January/February 2019
OSHPD Upcoming Changes - November/December 2018
Coding Compliance Program - September/October 2018
Scope Assisted Procedures - July/August 2018
Physician-Assisted Suicide - May/June 2018
Surgery Section-Cardiovascular System - March/April 2018
Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders - January/February 2018
Debridement Coding in ICD-10-PCS - November/December 2017
Understanding HELLP - July/August 2017
Injury Codes - July/August 2017
Coding Associated Diabetic Conditions - May/June 2017
CMS Launches the MOON Form - March/April 2017
Hypertension and Heart Disease - January/February 2017
Changes to the Coding of Alcohol and Substance Use - January/February 2017

CPT Coding Tips

2018 New Modifiers 96 & 97 - March/April 2018

ICD-10-CM Coding Tips

Substance Use Disorder: Early and Sustained Remission - January/February 2018
Initial Versus Subsequent Encounter - January/February 2017
Alcohol and Substance Abuse - January/February 2017

ICD-10-PCS Coding Tips

Debridement of Wounds - November/December 2017

Coding Classification Authorities

Specific organizations are recognized as the national authorities on coding classifications and advice. Classification changes and associated guideline development are the responsibility of the various medical code set maintenance organizations. Therefore, neither AHIMA nor CHIA may issue coding guidelines independently.