Category Archives: Coders’ Corner

Coding Clinic Commentary for ICD-10-CM/PCS Update Q2 2022: Post-Term Pregnancy

When can you count a week as a week? Coding Clinic for Q2, 2022 includes guidance on counting the weeks of gestation for a Post-term Pregnancy. Join Libman Education’s Faye Kelly, RHIT, CCS for this brief discussion.   Comprehensive Inpatient Obstetrical Coding An all-inclusive approach to coding inpatient obstetrical cases from initial pregnancy through the […]

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Keys to CCS Success: Know Your Resources

Keys to CCS Success: Know Your Resources

By Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Instructor, CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction AHIMA’s Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential indicates mastery level coding proficiency. Anyone with a CCS will tell you – obtaining this credential is not an easy accomplishment. However, by preparing adequately and properly you will give yourself a much better […]

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AHA takes on MA Plans: What Coders and CDI Specialists Need to Know

AHA takes on MA Plans: What Coders and CDI Specialists Need to Know

By Brian Murphy The struggle is real … in the battle of the American Hospital Association (AHA) vs. Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. The AHA recently issued a lengthy letter to CMS demanding increased oversight of MA plans, which they claim are denying medically necessary care. The AHA cited a recent OIG report which found that an estimated […]

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Job Applications: Online Job Sites and Social Media

Job Applications: Online Job Sites and Social Media

by Ann Barnaby, CPC, CRC, CASCC It is important to think about how you are presenting yourself to potential employers via the online world. Preparation now will ensure that employers see a professional, polished employee. ONLINE JOB SITES Sites like LinkedIn, Indeed.com, Monster, are all incredible resources for those looking for jobs, as well as […]

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Q & A with Dr. Z: Collateral Angiography

Q & A with Dr. Z: Collateral Angiography

by David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC Question: Will you please advise on coding for the following case: No heart cath done, only angiography. Angiography: Descending aorta: pigtail catheter placed in the proximal DAO shows the aorta to the level of the transverse arch and both the left and aberrant right subclavians […]

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Your Keys to CCS Success – Broaden Your Experience

Your Keys to CCS Success – Broaden Your Experience

By Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Instructor, CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction Earning AHIMA’s CCS credential demonstrates mastery level coding proficiency and is not an easy accomplishment. As with all things in life, preparing adequately and properly will give you a much better chance of success at reaching your goal. There are […]

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When You Absolutely, Positively, Need to Get it Right: Planning Ahead for 2023 Code Updates

When You Absolutely, Positively, Need to Get it Right: Planning Ahead for 2023 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-PCS: Coding Refusion of the Spine

ICD-10-PCS: Coding Refusion of the Spine

  ICD-10-PCS: Coding Refusion of the Spine Fusions don’t always work. When a previous fusion did not get the job done, fusion needs to be redone to complete the objective.  This LibmanLightbox™, by nationally recognized coding authority Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA, focuses on ICD-10-PCS coding refusion of the spine.   Short bursts of […]

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Keys to CCS Success – Know What to Expect

Keys to CCS Success – Know What to Expect

By Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Instructor, CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction AHIMA’s CCS credential exam tests a candidate’s broad knowledge of coding. Candidates must demonstrate their mastery in all three code systems (ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT) and in all healthcare settings. It is likely that a current coder is working with […]

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In CPT Coding of Anesthesia Services, Specificity Matters

In CPT Coding of Anesthesia Services, Specificity Matters

Reprinted with Permission, Medi-Corp, Inc. By Marcy Garuccio, ACS-AN, CANPC, CPMA, CPC Did you know that being specific matters when coding anesthesia services? The day of a surgeon, facility or physician requesting anesthesia services is not enough to guarantee that these anesthesia services will be deemed medically necessary and reimbursed by insurance carriers. Many carrier […]

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Keys to CCS Success: Practice, Practice, Practice!

Keys to CCS Success: Practice, Practice, Practice!

By Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Instructor, CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction Earning AHIMA’s CCS credential demonstrates mastery level coding proficiency. It is also a test of your ability to determine correct answers quickly. The key is to practice your coding skills enough to be successful. My suggestion: take a practice exam […]

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Big Changes for E/M Codes in 2023

Big Changes for E/M Codes in 2023

By Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P In 2021, Evaluation and Management (E/M) office-visit codes changed significantly. The American Medical Association (AMA) listened to physicians’ concerns about the administrative burden associated with documentation requirements for the E/M codes and made changes to the methodology for code selection. The 2021 changes allowed the E/M services to […]

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From Outpatient to Inpatient Coder: Start With What is Most Important

From Outpatient to Inpatient Coder: Start With What is Most Important

by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA In the television series, The Crown, King George VI tells the Princess Elizabeth his approach to reviewing the documents received in the red box, that daily package of papers sent from the government to the sovereign. It could be an overwhelming task. His solution: he would flip the […]

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CCS Certification: Eligibility vs. Preparation

CCS Certification: Eligibility vs. Preparation

By Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA The CCS certification is a mastery level medical coding credential that tells employers, right off the bat, that you have the knowledge and skill to tackle complex coding scenarios. AHIMA’s description of the CCS says: “Coding specialists are skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, often […]

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Q & A with Dr. Z: Embolization of Access Site

Q & A with Dr. Z: Embolization of Access Site

by David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC Question: “After cardiac ablation procedure had been completed, attention was then turned access closure. Given large size of the transhepatic sheath required for ablation, with direct communication with the systemic vasculature, access site embolization was necessary to prevent hemorrhage on sheath withdrawal. Then after diagnostic […]

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