Author Archives: Angela Lima

About Angela Lima

Angela Lima 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.
Building the Coding Team You Need

Building the Coding Team You Need

by Angela Lima, BS, CCS, CDIP, COC, CIC, AAPC-Approved Instructor The formula for building a successful coding team is straightforward: hire qualified coders, provide them access to continuing education to keep their skills sharp and matched to your requirements, and build strong and trusting relationships between coders, auditors, educators, providers, and supportive leaders. The first […]

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4 Steps to Making the Most of FY 2022 ICD-10 Coding Updates

4 Steps to Making the Most of FY 2022 ICD-10 Coding Updates

by Angela Lima, BS, CCS, CDIP, COC, CIC, AAPC-Approved Instructor Changes to the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code systems and guidelines for FY 2022 have been released. Many coders are busily reviewing the updates and making preparations for implementation on October 1. For those of us who live neck-deep in coding it is an exciting time. […]

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When You Absolutely, Positively, Need to Get it Right: Planning Ahead for 2022 Code Updates

When You Absolutely, Positively, Need to Get it Right: Planning Ahead for 2022 Code Updates

by Angela Lima, BS, CCS, CDIP, COC, CIC, AAPC-Approved Instructor Coding is serious stuff.  If you are one of those coders who recognizes their role in ensuring their organization will continue to be financially viable, then you know that getting it right is important. No one has to tell you that coding compliance risk is […]

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Denial Rates in the Danger Zone: Coding to Withstand Audits

Denial Rates in the Danger Zone: Coding to Withstand Audits

By Angela Lima BS, CCS, CDIP, CIC, COC, AAPC-Approved Instructor “One-third of US hospitals’ average denial rates are in ‘danger zone,’ survey finds” Did this catch your attention? This recent article in Becker’s reported results of a survey by consulting firm Harmony Healthcare indicating 33% of hospital executives said their average denial rates were more […]

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The Lasting Impact of Coding Mentors

The Lasting Impact of Coding Mentors

by Angela Gerbert, 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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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 Lima, BS, CCS, CDIP, COC, CIC, AAPC-Approved Instructor 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! […]

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Positioning your Coders (and Your Organization) for Future Success

Positioning your Coders (and Your Organization) for Future Success

by Angela Lima, BS, CCS, CDIP, COC, CIC, AAPC-Approved Instructor 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 […]

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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 Lima, BS, CCS, CDIP, COC, CIC, AAPC-Approved Instructor “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 to […]

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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 Gerbert, 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 Lima, BS, CCS, CDIP, COC, CIC, AAPC-Approved Instructor 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 […]

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