Author Archives: Gail Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P

About Gail Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P

Gail I. Smith, President of Gail I. Smith Consulting, is a health care consultant with over 30 years experience in the field of coding, education and health information management (HIM). Gail focuses on ICD-10-CM/PCS education with developing online courses, presenting workshops, and performing documentation reviews. She has authored several coding books for CPT and ICD-10-CM and is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer and Academy faculty member.
Kawasaki: COVID-19-related Illness in Children

Kawasaki: COVID-19-related Illness in Children

by Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P As coding professionals, we listen to news stories with a “clinical ear.” COVID-19 has many mysteries but the most recent involves children and what is described as Kawasaki-like inflammatory disease that has a link to COVID-19. Kawasaki disease is characterized by inflammation of blood vessels that could potentially […]

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COVID-19: The HIM Professional’s Role in Ensuring Data Quality

COVID-19: The HIM Professional’s Role in Ensuring Data Quality

by Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P As our country faces the COVID-19 pandemic, coding professionals have an important role to play capturing critical health data. Guidelines from the National Center for Health Statistics and CMS provide strict instruction to ensure consistent data collection. Coders take this responsibility seriously and both internal and external auditors […]

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COVID-19: Key Take-aways from CMS Guidance for Coding of Telehealth Services

COVID-19: Key Take-aways from CMS Guidance for Coding of Telehealth Services

by Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P A Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet was released by CMS on March 17, 2020. Link: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet CMS is expanding telemedicine benefits with a 1135 waiver that will pay for office, hospital and other visits furnished via telehealth starting with March 6, 2020 and lasting for the […]

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Changes to CPT for FY2020: What’s New?

Changes to CPT for FY2020: What’s New?

Hear nationally recognized ICD-10 expert and Libman Education course author Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P, discuss Changes to CPT for FY2020: What’s New? in this free, brief presentation, an excerpt from Gail’s CPT® Code Updates for FY2020.   Master the Code Changes in the 2020 CPT Code Set CPT Code Updates offers detailed explanations of complex […]

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