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 Lehoux, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC, CPC-I Instructor, Libman Education “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 […]

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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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Q & A with Dr. Z: Clarification of Lower Extremity Angiogram followed by Intervention

Q & A with Dr. Z: Clarification of Lower Extremity Angiogram followed by Intervention

by David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC If a diagnostic abdominal angiogram and bilateral runoff is performed (2 cath positions) (36200, 75716) and then the physician decides to do an intervention in the contralateral leg, do we need to drop CPT code 36200 (catheter placement for the diagnostic exam) or do we […]

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Remote Work Environments: A Manager’s Perspective

Remote Work Environments: A Manager’s Perspective

by Ann Barnaby, CPC, CRC, CASCC, Founder and Managing Director of Project Resume Remote Work Environments. These three words mean many things to many different people. A medical coder may have a completely different vision of remote work than a manager does. Over time, the very definition of a remote work environment has changed. What […]

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How to Code Conditions Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

How to Code Conditions Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

by Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC and Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS Effective February 20, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published guidance for coding and reporting of encounters related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. Their announcement (“New ICD-10-CM code for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), October 1, 2020”) includes the […]

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The 8 Key Elements of an Effective HIM/Coding Compliance Program

The 8 Key Elements of an Effective HIM/Coding Compliance Program

by John Goulart, Jr., MSM-HCA, BSMT(ASCP), CHC, 340B ACE Hospital Compliance Officer, MetroWest Medical Center/Tenet Healthcare Having worked at several large medical centers and multi-hospital networks, I have tailored the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Compliance Program Guidance documents to eight key elements that must be in place for our […]

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The Lasting Impact of Coding Mentorship

The Lasting Impact of Coding Mentorship

by Angela Lehoux, 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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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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ICD-10-PCS: Using All the System Tools to Code the J Pouch

ICD-10-PCS: Using All the System Tools to Code the J Pouch

by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA Making some root operation decisions are harder than others. A question came to me last week about the J Pouch procedure, performed after total colectomy. There was controversy about the correct root operation and they wanted me to explain the correct answer. I guess they read my recent […]

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