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About Libman Education

Libman Education is recognized by individual HIM professionals and their employers as the trusted resource for training on medical record coding. Over 12,000 individuals enroll annually in Libman Education’s WebinarPlus™ self-paced online courses written by leading industry experts. Our focus is on coding from beginner to advanced (ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT), as well as coding credential prep (both AHIMA and AAPC), and other topics where in-depth specialized knowledge of relevant coding systems and their application is essential (Auditing, CDI, HCCs, IR/CV, LTAC, SNF, Home Health, IRF, and Pediatrics).
Inpatient Rehabilitation: Coding Z Codes

Inpatient Rehabilitation: Coding Z Codes

by Nirmala Sivakumar, CCS, CDIP Question: Should Z codes be recorded under comorbid conditions (item 24) on the IRF-PAI (Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility – Patient Assessment Instrument)? Answer: The IRF-PAI training manual defines a comorbid condition as a secondary condition a patient has in addition to the primary diagnosis for which the patient was admitted to […]

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Libman Education Introduces Coding Workspace™ Next Generation Coder Training

BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – February 23, 2021 – Libman Education’s Coding Workspace™ is a next generation answer to provide high-engagement and challenging hands-on coding practice coupled with detailed guidance on correct code assignment.  Using a small number of carefully selected, real-world cases that vary in complexity from basic to advanced, Coding Workspace™ will sharpen the coder’s […]

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How Hospitals Ensure Coding Quality

How Hospitals Ensure Coding Quality

by Stacy Swartz, RHIA, CCS, CPC Establishing a Quality/Compliance Program Coding quality has always been critical. Coders are held to high standards and an expectation to achieve a greater than 95% accuracy rate is common. Coder accuracy impacts reimbursement, benchmarking, clinical and financial decision making, and publicly reported data on quality of care. A comprehensive […]

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IRF-PAI Coding: Choosing Etiologic Diagnosis for Impairment Group Code of 16, Debility

IRF-PAI Coding: Choosing Etiologic Diagnosis for Impairment Group Code of 16, Debility

By Nirmala Sivakumar, CCS, CDIP Impairment Group Code (IGC) in Inpatient rehab is the primary reason for admission, and etiologic diagnosis is the problem that led to this condition. There are 17 categories of IGC, with subcategories within. IGC of 16, Debility is generally used for patients that are admitted to inpatient rehab for general […]

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Hospital and Healthcare Networks Face the Challenge of Finding (and Keeping!) Qualified Coders

Hospital and Healthcare Networks Face the Challenge of Finding (and Keeping!) Qualified Coders

by Stacy Swartz, RHIA, CCS, CPC Coding is not a one-size-fits-all occupation and experienced coders tend to focus their skills in one or more areas: inpatient vs. outpatient, Pro Fee vs. facility, and the vast range of medical specialties and care settings. It is vital to employ coders who are experienced in the type of […]

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Managing the Coding Function: Lessons Learned From Going Remote

Managing the Coding Function: Lessons Learned From Going Remote

by Stacy Swartz, RHIA, CCS, CPC, Senior Director of Coding and CDI Solutions, eCatalyst Healthcare Solutions As COVID-19 continues to strengthen its hold across the country, many healthcare organizations have faced yet another challenge: managing a remote coding work force. What can we learn from their experience thus far? Up until COVID-19, the majority of […]

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The Impact of COVID-19: How Essential are Coding Credentials?

The Impact of COVID-19: How Essential are Coding Credentials?

The following article is drawn from our recent roundtable discussion on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function. To view the complete roundtable discussion, see The Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function: A Roundtable Discussion.   MODERATOR: What about coder credentials—do you think current coding credentials (and the process of obtaining those credentials) […]

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The Impact of COVID-19: Preparing Your Coders for Changing Demands

The Impact of COVID-19: Preparing Your Coders for Changing Demands

The following article is drawn from our recent roundtable discussion on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function. To view the complete roundtable discussion, see The Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function: A Roundtable Discussion. MODERATOR: In what new areas do you think coders will require additional education?       “We need more […]

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The Impact of COVID-19: Best Cross-training Options to Meet Changing Demands

The Impact of COVID-19: Best Cross-training Options to Meet Changing Demands

The following article is drawn from our recent roundtable discussion on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function. To view the complete roundtable discussion, see The Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function: A Roundtable Discussion. MODERATOR: Have you found it necessary to cross-train coders during COVID-19 to meet changing demands?       […]

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Libman Education Announces Release of New Exam Review for the CCS-P Coding Credential

An Important Addition to the Libman Education Catalog of Coding Credential Preparation Courses BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – October 29, 2020 – Libman Education announced the release of its CCS-P Exam Review course to meet the growing interest in AHIMA’s Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) coding certification. Obtaining a CCS-P is an indicator of mastery in […]

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The Impact of COVID-19: Keeping Your Coders Up-to-date and Trained

The Impact of COVID-19: Keeping Your Coders Up-to-date and Trained

  The following article is drawn from our recent roundtable discussion on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function. To view the complete roundtable discussion, see The Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function: A Roundtable Discussion. MODERATOR: Coding guidance continues to evolve as the medical community and CMS have worked to get a […]

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