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Author Archives: Sandy Macica, MS, RHIA, CCS

About Sandy Macica, MS, RHIA, CCS

Sandy L. Macica is the former Director of Educational Content for Libman Education. Sandy is an experienced educator and coder with particular experience in developing online training for hospital coders in ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT® coding as well as coding certification exam preparation. Sandy is an enthusiastic presenter on all things coding and often speaks on complex coding topics for professional organizations and healthcare clients. Sandy is a long-time member of New York HIMA and was honored to receive the NYHIMA Distinguished Member Award in 2018.
30 Days to CCS Success!

30 Days to CCS Success!

by Sandra Macica, MS, RHIA, CCS Coding accuracy is highly important to healthcare organizations, and has an impact on revenues and describing health outcomes. Over 29,000 individuals hold the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential provided by American Health Insurance Management Association (AHIMA). Most employers want to see at least one credential up front before they […]

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You Need a Plan: 30 Days to the CCA!

You Need a Plan: 30 Days to the CCA!

by Sandra Macica, MS, RHIA, CCS How much do you really know about this certification? Achieving AHIMA’s Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification demonstrates coding competency in any setting, including hospitals and physician practices, rather than just one area of specialty. Nearly 8,000 individuals hold this credential. Approximately 70% of test takers are successful the first […]

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Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP): Not a Device?

Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP): Not a Device?

by Sandy Macica, MS, RHIA, CCS The AHA Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, Second Quarter 2018, pg. 3, has provided clarification and further advice about the coding of an IABP. Information was originally published in Coding Clinic Third Quarter 2013. In First Quarter 2017, pg. 10, coding specialists were instructed that: • Guidance for external […]

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Home Health Agencies and Coding: Can an OASIS Really Exist in Healthcare?

Home Health Agencies and Coding: Can an OASIS Really Exist in Healthcare?

by Sandy Macica, MS, RHIA, CCS When you think of an OASIS your first thought is probably of a beautiful spring and watering hole with palm trees that appears out of nowhere in the desert, just when the movie actor needs water… In healthcare, OASIS is the Outcome and Assessment Information Set, the data set used […]

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