Category Archives: Coders’ Corner

ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q2 2021): Bilateral Chronic and Subsegmental Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism is a blockage in a pulmonary artery in the lungs. Q2 2021 Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS includes instruction on how to correctly report bilateral chronic and subsegmental pulmonary embolism in ICD-10-CM. Join Libman Education’s Faye Kelly, RHIT, CCS for this brief video preview of Libman Education’s Coding Clinic Commentary for Q2 2021.   […]

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How to Use Queries to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Providers

How to Use Queries to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Providers

By Faye Kelly, RHIT, CCS Queries are essential to the process of creating strong and complete documentation that captures the patient’s health condition and supports accurate coding and appropriate billing that will withstand an audit. I think of queries as part of a continual improvement process for everyone involved in documentation. I start with the […]

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When You Absolutely, Positively, Need to Get it Right: Planning Ahead for 2022 Code Updates

When You Absolutely, Positively, Need to Get it Right: Planning Ahead for 2022 Code Updates

by Angela Lima, BS, CCS, CDIP, COC, CIC, AAPC-Approved Instructor Coding is serious stuff.  If you are one of those coders who recognizes their role in ensuring their organization will continue to be financially viable, then you know that getting it right is important. No one has to tell you that coding compliance risk is […]

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ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q2 2021): Excision of Pituitary Macroadenoma within Cavernous Sinus

In response to a question regarding how to code an excision of a pituitary macroadenoma within the cavernous sinus in ICD-10-PCS, Q2 2021 Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS includes instruction. Join Libman Education’s Faye Kelly, RHIT, CCS for this brief video preview of Libman Education’s Coding Clinic Commentary for Q2 2021.   FY 2022 Code Updates:  Learn […]

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ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q2 2021): Goldilocks Breast Reconstruction

Goldilocks breast reconstruction is a skin-sparing mastectomy. Q2 2021 Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS includes instruction on how to code both the mastectomy and the reconstruction in ICD-10-PCS. Join Libman Education’s Faye Kelly, RHIT, CCS, for this brief video preview of Libman Education’s Coding Clinic Commentary for Q2 2021.   FY 2022 Code Updates:  Learn what the […]

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Q&A with Dr. Z: Vein Mapping with Additional Duplex Scan

Q&A with Dr. Z: Vein Mapping with Additional Duplex Scan

by David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC Question: When performing a duplex scan of arterial inflow and venous outflow for preoperative vessel assessment prior to creation of hemodialysis access (93985/93986), if you were to perform a duplex scan on the entire radial and ulnar artery as well as the palmar arch, would […]

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New Technology Substances Abound in FY2022 ICD-10-PCS Update

New Technology Substances Abound in FY2022 ICD-10-PCS Update

by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA The ICD-10-PCS code changes for FY 2022 include 15 “New Technology Substance” additions or changes reflecting the continued advancement in highly specific and tailored medicine to treat conditions. Understanding how these drugs work and are administered is essential for coders who wish to accurately and completely capture these […]

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Denial Rates in the Danger Zone: Coding to Withstand Audits

Denial Rates in the Danger Zone: Coding to Withstand Audits

By Angela Lima BS, CCS, CDIP, CIC, COC, AAPC-Approved Instructor “One-third of US hospitals’ average denial rates are in ‘danger zone,’ survey finds” Did this catch your attention? This recent article in Becker’s reported results of a survey by consulting firm Harmony Healthcare indicating 33% of hospital executives said their average denial rates were more […]

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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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