Author Archives: Angela Lehoux, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC, CPC-I

About Angela Lehoux, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC, CPC-I

Angela Lehoux applies a hands-on approach to her role as the Director of Education for Libman Education. Whether overseeing the work of subject matter experts including nationally recognized coding authorities; challenging instructional designers to deliver content in a way that is both engaging and memorable; or tapping her 25 years’ experience in inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room coding to write coder-friendly courses herself, Angela is responsible for ensuring that our training is accurate, easily accessible, and challenging.
Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan: A Thirty-day Plan for Coding Credential Success!

Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan: A Thirty-day Plan for Coding Credential Success!

by Angela Lehoux, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC, CPC-I Do you need a coding credential? Perhaps your job requires it. Have you been considering sitting for the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exams offered by AHIMA? Is the thought of attempting these difficult-to-achieve coding credentials overwhelming? You can do this! And we […]

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Opportunity in Disruption: Embracing Change in Healthcare

Opportunity in Disruption: Embracing Change in Healthcare

by Angela Lehoux, BS, CCS, CDIP, CIC, COC, CPC-I The post-COVID-19 world is likely to be different in ways that are hard to anticipate. Whatever disruption you are now facing, know that most of us, individually and our organizations, will survive. I encourage each of you to make yourself that indispensable team player: the one […]

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Never Waste a Crisis: Why Now May Be the Moment to Improve Your Team’s Coding Skills

Never Waste a Crisis: Why Now May Be the Moment to Improve Your Team’s Coding Skills

by Angela Lehoux, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC, CPC-I Instructor, Libman Education “Now is a great time to do education.” We heard this from a Director of HIM for a hospital that primarily provides elective procedures. Her hospital’s operating rooms are now ordered to sit idle. Her facility’s patient rooms are being emptied and made ready […]

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The Lasting Impact of Coding Mentorship

The Lasting Impact of Coding Mentorship

by Angela Lehoux, BS, CCS, CIC

Although we have not stayed in touch, I will never forget my mentor. In fact, writing about her now is the first time in a while I have thought about her. She was contracted to mentor the coders at the small community hospital where I worked twenty-five years ago. There were … Read more

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It’s all about the CEUs: Positioning your Coders (and Your Organization) for Future Success

It’s all about the CEUs: Positioning your Coders (and Your Organization) for Future Success

by Angela Lehoux, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC, CPC-I Let’s be frank. A lot of coding education occurs because of credential maintenance. AAPC and AHIMA both require that coders demonstrate their continued commitment to their profession by regular and consistent relevant education. This external motivator forces your coders to take one more course, listen to one […]

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Using Your Grey Matter: Four Steps to Add Clarity to the Grey Areas of ICD-10 Coding

Using Your Grey Matter: Four Steps to Add Clarity to the Grey Areas of ICD-10 Coding

by Angela Lehoux, CCS

I’ve been a coder for a long time and one thing is for sure: ICD-10’s promise of clarity has not yet been entirely realized. Please do not misunderstand me – there are a lot of good things to love about ICD-10, like laterality, more specificity within the code set for diagnoses, etc. But, there are … Read more

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Coding Assessments: The Value of Self-Evaluation

Coding Assessments: The Value of Self-Evaluation

by Angela Lehoux, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC, CPC-I Did you know the goal of an assessment is not just passing the assessment? Assessments are meant to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the student. Taking an assessment, and really benefiting from the process, requires self-evaluation. Even when you get the answer right, it is important […]

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4 Steps to Making the Most of Those Aha! Moments in Coding

4 Steps to Making the Most of Those Aha! Moments in Coding

by Angela Lehoux, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC, CPC-I You know those moments when all of a sudden everything you have been learning suddenly becomes crystal clear? You have a sensation of profound insight or discovery. You wonder how it is that you hadn’t seen it before. Those are Aha moments. It takes time and concerted […]

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