Author Archives: Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA

About Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA

With more than 18 years of experience in health information management (HIM), Cari Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA, is a well-rounded HIM professional who holds RHIA and CCS credentials from AHIMA, a CPC credential from AAPC, and is an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and an HFMA-Certified Inpatient Coding Auditor. Through her 12 plus years as a coding educator, Cari has gathered insight and information derived from her experience working with individual professionals and teams as they pursue advanced HIM training.
Keys to CCS Success: Know Your Resources

Keys to CCS Success: Know Your Resources

By Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Instructor, CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction AHIMA’s Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential indicates mastery level coding proficiency. Anyone with a CCS will tell you – obtaining this credential is not an easy accomplishment. However, by preparing adequately and properly you will give yourself a much better […]

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Your Keys to CCS Success – Broaden Your Experience

Your Keys to CCS Success – Broaden Your Experience

By Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Instructor, CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction Earning AHIMA’s CCS credential demonstrates mastery level coding proficiency and is not an easy accomplishment. As with all things in life, preparing adequately and properly will give you a much better chance of success at reaching your goal. There are […]

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Keys to CCS Success – Know What to Expect

Keys to CCS Success – Know What to Expect

By Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Instructor, CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction AHIMA’s CCS credential exam tests a candidate’s broad knowledge of coding. Candidates must demonstrate their mastery in all three code systems (ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT) and in all healthcare settings. It is likely that a current coder is working with […]

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Keys to CCS Success: Practice, Practice, Practice!

Keys to CCS Success: Practice, Practice, Practice!

By Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Instructor, CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction Earning AHIMA’s CCS credential demonstrates mastery level coding proficiency. It is also a test of your ability to determine correct answers quickly. The key is to practice your coding skills enough to be successful. My suggestion: take a practice exam […]

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CCS Certification: Eligibility vs. Preparation

CCS Certification: Eligibility vs. Preparation

By Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA The CCS certification is a mastery level medical coding credential that tells employers, right off the bat, that you have the knowledge and skill to tackle complex coding scenarios. AHIMA’s description of the CCS says: “Coding specialists are skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, often […]

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Internal Audits: Managing to Get the Most From the Process

Internal Audits: Managing to Get the Most From the Process

By Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA, Education Specialist When you manage a team of coders, maintaining coding accuracy is one of your responsibilities.  Coding audits come with the job. Regular quarterly or targeted internal audits can give you a realistic picture of your staff’s skill levels and competence and are a valuable tool […]

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Why Coding Credentials are Necessary, But Not Sufficient, for Optimal Career Growth

Why Coding Credentials are Necessary, But Not Sufficient, for Optimal Career Growth

by Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Healthcare delivery is not a static enterprise. The development of new procedures and the discovery of new diseases requires the introduction of new codes and sometimes new coding guidelines. The regulatory environment changes in significant and minor ways every year. Our complex reimbursement system, auditors and the […]

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Taking the CCS Certification Exam. Is Now the Right Time?

Taking the CCS Certification Exam. Is Now the Right Time?

by Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA In the past year AHIMA revised their requirements for candidates to be eligible to sit for the CCS examination. While AHIMA still recommends that a candidate meet one or more qualifications from a robust list of academic preparation, coding experience, and/or other professional credentials, it is no […]

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Why You Should Consider Sitting for the CCS-P Exam

Why You Should Consider Sitting for the CCS-P Exam

by Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Education Specialist, Libman Education In the coding profession, credentials matter. They signify to employers and peers that you have mastery level coding skills, and that you will adhere to the rigorous ethical standards of our profession. Getting a credential is a significant step on the career path […]

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Anticipating Intensified RAC Scrutiny Targeting Hospital Upcoding: Three Steps to Ensure Your Organization is Prepared

Anticipating Intensified RAC Scrutiny Targeting Hospital Upcoding: Three Steps to Ensure Your Organization is Prepared

by Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a report on the findings of a study they conducted on trends in billing for inpatient hospital stays for Medicare beneficiaries from FY 2014 through FY 2019. The report, “Trend Toward More Expensive Inpatient Hospital Stays in Medicare Emerged […]

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CPT: New COVID-19 Vaccination Codes

CPT: New COVID-19 Vaccination Codes

  CPT: New COVID-19 Vaccination Codes   This LibmanLightbox™, by nationally recognized coding authority Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA, discusses the new CPT codes for COVID-19 vaccine products and vaccine administration.     Short bursts of learning to illuminate current challenges in medical record coding. Shining a light, where and when you need […]

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Surviving Uncertainty: Why a Coding Credential Is Even More Important Now

Surviving Uncertainty: Why a Coding Credential Is Even More Important Now

by Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Believe it or not, holding a coding credential has become even more important during this time of disruption in the healthcare industry. As many people face uncertainty in the immediate term about the strength of our economy, healthcare is one industry that continues to be essential. Since […]

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