Category Archives: Coders’ Corner

ICD-10-PCS: Epidermal Autografting

ICD-10-PCS: Epidermal Autografting

  ICD-10-PCS: Epidermal Autografting This LibmanLightbox™, by nationally recognized coding authority Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA, focuses on ICD-10-PCS coding of epidermal autografting using various methods.     Short bursts of learning to illuminate current challenges in medical record coding. Shining a light, where and when you need it.   eLearning Library: ICD-10-PCS Offers […]

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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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ICD-10-PCS: Lap-Assisted versus Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy

ICD-10-PCS: Lap-Assisted versus Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy

  ICD-10-PCS: Lap-Assisted vs. Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy This LibmanLightbox, by nationally recognized coding authority Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA, focuses on application of ICD-10-PCS Guidelines B5.2a, B5.2b and B3.2d on the approach value, using three different surgical techniques for a sigmoidectomy to address diverticulitis as the example.   Short bursts of learning to illuminate current […]

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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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Why Coding Credentials are Necessary, But Not Sufficient, for Optimal Career Growth

Why Coding Credentials are Necessary, But Not Sufficient, for Optimal Career Growth

by Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Healthcare delivery is not a static enterprise. The development of new procedures and the discovery of new diseases requires the introduction of new codes and sometimes new coding guidelines. The regulatory environment changes in significant and minor ways every year. Our complex reimbursement system, auditors and the […]

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Q & A with Dr. Z: 47383 VS 0600T CT Guided Percutaneous Liver Ablation

Q & A with Dr. Z: 47383 VS 0600T CT Guided Percutaneous Liver Ablation

by David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC Question: The patient was placed on the CT scanner in the supine position. Initial CT images of the upper abdomen were obtained. Automated exposure control was utilized. The skin overlying the liver was prepped and draped in the standard sterile fashion. Under CT guidance 3 […]

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ICD-10-PCS: Aortic Valve Replacement Options

ICD-10-PCS: Aortic Valve Replacement Options

  ICD-10-PCS: Aortic Valve Replacement Options This LibmanLightbox, by nationally recognized coding authority Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA, discusses ICD-10-PCS coding of aortic valve replacements.     Short bursts of learning to illuminate current challenges in medical record coding. Shining a light, where and when you need it.   eLearning Library: ICD-10-PCS Offers the […]

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CPT: New COVID-19 Vaccination Codes

CPT: New COVID-19 Vaccination Codes

  CPT: New COVID-19 Vaccination Codes   This LibmanLightbox, by nationally recognized coding authority Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA, discusses the new CPT codes for COVID-19 vaccine products and vaccine administration.     Short bursts of learning to illuminate current challenges in medical record coding. Shining a light, where and when you need […]

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Valves, Valves, and More Valves – The ICD-10-PCS Device Key is the Key

Valves, Valves, and More Valves – The ICD-10-PCS Device Key is the Key

by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA The question of the day is – What makes a valve replacement a rapid deployment technique valve replacement in the New Technology section of ICD-10-PCS? These days, there are multiple options. Is this a transcatheter aortic valve replacement by another name? Is this a certain way to perform […]

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ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q4 2020): HIV Disease

Hear Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, a nationally-recognized authority on coding and reimbursement issues, discuss “ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q4 2020): HIV Disease” in this free, brief presentation.   Listen to Barry’s Coding Clinic Commentary in its entirety. In-depth commentary on selected coding advice and clarifications from recent issues of AHA Coding Clinic — all […]

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