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

With over 25 years of experience in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room coding, Angela is an Education Specialist, Instructor and Director of Education for Libman Education. Angela teaches Libman Education’s Medical Coder Career Program (MCCP), courses on ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, and courses for the CCA, CCS, CIC, and COC credentials. Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management, Certified Coding Specialist, Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner from AHIMA, Certified Inpatient & Outpatient Coder and the Certified Professional Coder Instructor certifications from AAPC.
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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ICD-10-PCS Root Operations Flashcard and Coding Guideline Pairs Part 4: the Black and Turquoise Cards

ICD-10-PCS Root Operations Flashcard and Coding Guideline Pairs Part 4: the Black and Turquoise Cards

Guideline B3.3 is applied in those cases where a procedure is discontinued before any other root operation is performed. In these cases, this guideline tells us to code to inspection of the body part …

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ICD-10-PCS Root Operations Flashcard and Coding Guideline Pairs Part 3: the Purple and Fuchsia Cards

ICD-10-PCS Root Operations Flashcard and Coding Guideline Pairs Part 3: the Purple and Fuchsia Cards

I hope the journey through the flashcard/guideline pairs has been rewarding for you so far. Next, we’ll look at the purple and fuchsia pairs. They’re straightforward, but I must admit one of the guidelines that pairs with the fuchsia card made me stop and take a…

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Coding Guidelines and the Gift of “With”

Coding Guidelines and the Gift of “With”

by Angela Lehoux, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC, CPC-I This year, the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting have made great strides in clarifying the concept of “with.” This clarification on how to apply the word “with” in the alphabetic index is a gift. The gift of “with.” For fiscal year 2017 (bold text is new […]

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