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Mystery Disease: Latest Update on AFM
December 12, 2018 Timothy Powell | Rhonda Taller | Terry Fletcher | Jennifer P. Rubin, MD | Erica E. Remer, MD

The mystery continues. 

At the time of this report there were a reported 116 confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) across 31 states, with the most cases reported in Colorado (15) and Texas (14). Plus, there are another 170 possible cases that haven’t been confirmed. 

AFM is similar to polio and leads to a sudden onset of paralysis. This condition mostly affects children younger than 4. These patients experienced a viral illness with fever and cough 3-10 days prior to the paralysis onset. 

Returning to Talk Ten Tuesdays to report on this developing story will be Jennifer P. Rubin, MD, attending physician in the neurology division of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. 

Other segments to be featured on the broadcast include:

  • Tuesday Focus: There’s a reported fine line between coding for moderate sedation and monitored general sedation. Exploring this seemingly unchartered territory is Terry Fletcher, a nationally recognized professional physician coding consultant, educator, and auditor.

  • News Desk: Timothy Powell, compliance expert and ICD10monitor national correspondent, anchors the Talk Ten Tuesdays News Desk.

  • Dateline Washington: Talk Ten Tuesdays legislative analyst Rhonda Taller has the latest news coming out of Washington, D.C. Rhonda is a member of the HIMSS professional development committee.

  • TalkBack: Talk Ten Tuesdays co-host Erica Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, founder and president of Erica Remer, MD, Inc., reports on an issue that recently caught her attention during her popular TalkBack segment.
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