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Q & A with Dr. Z – Lower Extremity AV Fistula Peripheral Segments

Q & A with Dr. Z – Lower Extremity AV Fistula Peripheral Segments

by David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC Question: Lower Extremity AV Fistula Peripheral Segments For lower extremity AV fistula peripheral segments – what is the adjacent segment of native artery, peri-anastomotic region/arterial anastomosis? Does this mean only the common femoral artery or also the iliac arteries? Please clarify. Answer: The iliac veins are […]

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2019 HIM Professional Census Reveals Opportunities in Revenue Cycle

Libman Education releases findings of the Annual HIM Professional Census BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – June 14, 2019 – Libman Education has released the findings of their recently completed HIM Professional Census. The 2019 HIM Professional Census was undertaken to capture the perspective of HIM professionals due to their pivotal role in the complex Revenue Cycle system. […]

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Time to Make the “Kind” Response Your Default Setting

Time to Make the “Kind” Response Your Default Setting

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA Popular inspirational teachers often remind audiences that when they have the choice to be RIGHT or KIND, they should always choose kindness. This is not new counsel. Wisdom tales across time and cultures have highlighted the importance of kindness. Recently I came across a research study that showed a […]

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IPPS FY20: Diagnosis Severity Designation Shifts – CC or MCC or Nothing

IPPS FY20: Diagnosis Severity Designation Shifts – CC or MCC or Nothing

by Laurie M. Johnson, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA; Senior Consultant; Revenue Cycle Solutions With three years of ICD-10-CM/PCS coded data, CMS took the opportunity to complete a comprehensive study of the severity status designation with associated charge information. The result: The Inpatient Prospective Payment System FY20 Proposed Rule has many shifts between CC and MCC status. […]

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FY 2020 IPPS Proposed Rule: Brief Summary of Coding-related Changes

FY 2020 IPPS Proposed Rule: Brief Summary of Coding-related Changes

The FY 2020 IPPS Proposed Rule, published May 3, 2019, includes significant additions and deletions to the MCC and CC lists. Join Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, a nationally-recognized authority on coding and reimbursement issues, for a brief (!) summary of  the IPPS Proposed Rule and a heads-up on coding-related changes that may affect […]

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One Step to Success: The Lasting Impact of Coding Mentorship

One Step to Success: 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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Strategies for Successful EHR Adoption: 3 Strategies to Make it Right for Your Facility

Strategies for Successful EHR Adoption: 3 Strategies to Make it Right for Your Facility

by Lisa A. Eramo, MA (Adapted with permission: For The Record Vol. 30 No. 9 P. 22) An EHR conversion or implementation is a large undertaking. Consider these strategies to ensure success. Think of Training as a Work in Progress According to Jeannine M. Arnold, RN, solution director at CTG Healthcare Solutions, one of the […]

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ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q1 2019): Hip Joint Prosthesis

Hear Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, President of Libman Education and a nationally-recognized authority on coding and reimbursement issues, discuss “ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q1 2019): Hip Joint Prosthesis” in this free, brief presentation.   Listen to Barry’s Coding Clinic Update in its entirety for in-depth commentary on selected coding advice and clarifications from […]

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Q & A with Dr. Z – Embolization 37244 vs 37242

Q & A with Dr. Z – Embolization 37244 vs 37242

Libman Education is proud to offer ZHealth Publishing’s broad range of coding products to assist both the novice and the seasoned coder to become experts at coding and charging for complex procedures in Interventional Radiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular/Endovascular Surgery, and Diagnostic Radiology. Periodically, ZHealth Publishing experts offer general recommendations in response to specific customer inquiries […]

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IPPS FY20: Follow the Numbers!

IPPS FY20: Follow the Numbers!

by Laurie M. Johnson, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA; Senior Consultant; Revenue Cycle Solutions The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule for Fiscal Year 2020 was released on April 23, 2019 and required 1,824 pages to outline the upcoming changes. The proposed rule makes sweeping changes in the designations of diagnosis severity (CC/MCC), Medicare-Severity Diagnosis Related […]

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ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q1 2019): Emphysema

Hear Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, President of Libman Education and a nationally-recognized authority on coding and reimbursement issues, discuss “ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q1 2019): Emphysema” in this free, brief presentation.   Listen to Barry’s Coding Clinic Update in its entirety for in-depth commentary on selected coding advice and clarifications from recent issues […]

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Strategies for Successful EHR Adoption: Whom are You Training?

Strategies for Successful EHR Adoption: Whom are You Training?

by Lisa A. Eramo, MA (Adapted with permission: For The Record Vol. 30 No. 9 P. 22) An EHR conversion or implementation is a large undertaking. Consider these strategies to ensure success. Focus Training on End-User Needs and Workflows Although EHR vendors provide basic training, this education usually isn’t tailored to the specific needs of […]

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