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CCS Success: The Key To Passing the CCS Exam

CCS Success: The Key To Passing the CCS Exam

by Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P Senior Associate at Barry Libman Inc. and Libman Education  The CCS exam tests your acute hospital inpatient and outpatient coding skills at a mastery level. It is recommended (but not mandated) that you have at least three years actual hospital inpatient and surgical outpatient coding experience.  The successful candidate […]

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Q&A with Dr. Z – Sclerotherapy

Q&A with Dr. Z – Sclerotherapy

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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ICD-10-PCS: Orbital vs. Rotational Atherectomy

ICD-10-PCS: Orbital vs. Rotational Atherectomy

by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA Is an orbital atherectomy the same as a rotational atherectomy? This question came to me earlier this week and has required some research. And, the answer is: They are not the same. Let’s look at the orbital atherectomy first. Orbital atherectomy is performed on calcified plaque lesions using […]

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CCS for CDI: 4 Important Reasons Why CDIS Should Consider the CCS Coding Credential

CCS for CDI: 4 Important Reasons Why CDIS Should Consider the CCS Coding Credential

CDIS are key team members of any hospital’s revenue cycle operation. CDIS ensure that the provider’s documentation captures all clinical information completely and accurately. The documentation must then be translated into codes in accordance with the conventions of the classification and the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, in order to be processed for data and billing purposes.

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Which Documentation Can We Use for HCC Coding?

Which Documentation Can We Use for HCC Coding?

by Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE Coding professionals may code conditions that are addressed by an acceptable provider and found in the History of Present Illness (HPI), Physician Examination (PE), Assessment, Impression, and/or Plan. However, “MEAT” will continue to apply to these conditions. That is, the condition must be: “Measured or Monitored,” “Evaluated,” […]

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ICD-10-PCS: Coding of the EXIT Procedure

ICD-10-PCS: Coding of the EXIT Procedure

by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA The goal of the Ex Utero Intrapartum Treatment (EXIT) procedure is to gain access to a compromised neonatal airway before complete delivery takes place. The EXIT procedure involves both patients, Mom and Neonate, and uses a team of professionals managing each patient, with the teams being totally synchronized […]

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What is the Mid-Revenue Cycle? How Do I Measure Success?

What is the Mid-Revenue Cycle? How Do I Measure Success?

by Laurie M. Johnson, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA What is the mid-revenue cycle? The middle of the revenue cycle consists of four key components: clinical documentation, case management, charge processing including the charge description master, and coding. Clinical documentation is capturing the accurate picture of the patient’s presentation and care to the healthcare organization whether it […]

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ICD-10-PCS: Let’s Solve the Coronary Artery Bifurcation Issue

ICD-10-PCS: Let’s Solve the Coronary Artery Bifurcation Issue

by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA First things first. A bifurcation is like a fork in the road. Webster says that a bifurcation is “the point or area at which something divides into two branches or parts or the point at which bifurcating occurs.” Here are two examples as shown in the drawings. Bifurcated […]

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His Bundle Lead Upgrade

His Bundle Lead Upgrade

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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New Coding Career? 5 Basic People Skills to Ensure Successful Co-worker Relations

New Coding Career? 5 Basic People Skills to Ensure Successful Co-worker Relations

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA As an educator in both community college and university settings, I had the great privilege of being around students as they prepared to enter the workforce. Some were just emerging from college as fresh-faced new graduates while others were finding a new lease on life with a change in […]

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HCC Auditing: Identifying Lost Revenue Associated with Skeleton RAF

HCC Auditing: Identifying Lost Revenue Associated with Skeleton RAF

by Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE Why are physician practices reluctant to code all conditions? I still see physician offices submitting claims with only four diagnoses (sometimes fewer). The limitation of linking four conditions to a test or service has been interpreted by some providers as a limit on the number of diagnoses […]

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