For the Record Magazine Publishes Article from Libman Education on Managing Coders, the Future of Coding, and Career Advancement

For the Record Magazine Publishes Article from Libman Education on Managing Coders, the Future of Coding, and Career Advancement

The November-December 2021 edition of For The Record Magazine has published an article by Libman Education’s Director of Education, Angela Lima, BS, CCS, CDIP, COC, CIC. Titled “The Future Looks Bright for Coders,” the article draws from Libman Education’s 2021 HIM Professional Census, and discusses Managing Coders, the Future of Coding, and Career Advancement. Read the […]

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New Codes Related to COVID-19 for April 1, 2022

New Codes Related to COVID-19 for April 1, 2022

New Codes Related to COVID-19 for April 1, 2022   This LibmanLightbox™, by nationally recognized coding authority Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA, focuses on new codes related to COVID-19 effective April 1, 2022.   Click here to launch   Short bursts of learning to illuminate current challenges in medical record coding. Shining a light, […]

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CODING UPDATE from ZHealth: Transvenous (Catheter) Pulmonary Embolectomy National Coverage Determination Removed

CODING UPDATE from ZHealth: Transvenous (Catheter) Pulmonary Embolectomy National Coverage Determination Removed

The following decision was released by CMS effective October 28, 2021. The main focus of this document and decision was that there will no longer be a National Coverage Determination (NCD) for this procedure and instead, coverage or non-coverage will be made at the local level by the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). Additionally, based on […]

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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: Incision and Debridement of the Infected Port Pocket

Q & A with Dr. Z: Incision and Debridement of the Infected Port Pocket

by David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC Question: Which code would you use for incision and debridement of the infected port pocket? “The port pocket incision and neck dermatotomy site were reopened. Using manual pressure, purulent contents were expressed from the incisions. The pocket was copiously irrigated and anterior antegrade and retrograde […]

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Announcing New CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction to Prepare Coders for the CCS Exam January 8 – February 12, 2022

Announcing New CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction to Prepare Coders for the CCS Exam January 8 – February 12, 2022

Taught by experienced coding educator Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – November 11, 2021 – Libman Education has released the dates for its upcoming CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction. Taught by experienced coding educator Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA, the program builds on the foundation of Libman Education’s very popular […]

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Taking the CCS Certification Exam. Is Now the Right Time?

Taking the CCS Certification Exam. Is Now the Right Time?

by Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA In the past year AHIMA revised their requirements for candidates to be eligible to sit for the CCS examination. While AHIMA still recommends that a candidate meet one or more qualifications from a robust list of academic preparation, coding experience, and/or other professional credentials, it is no […]

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CPT 2022 Welcomes Revised Spinal Fusion Terminology

CPT 2022 Welcomes Revised Spinal Fusion Terminology

By Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P What is the difference between a spine level, interspace and vertebral segment? Anatomy drives the answer to that question but CPT terminology used them interchangeably for posterior lumbar fusion. This caused coding professionals frustration for many years. Help is finally on the way for 2022. Anatomy Review Anatomy […]

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ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q3&Q4 2021): COVID-19 Residual Effects

Join Libman Education’s Faye Kelly, RHIT, CCS, for this brief video preview of Libman Education’s Coding Clinic Commentary for Q3/4 2021 on the topic “COVID-19 Residual Effects.”   The Libman Education eLearning Library The eLearning Library subscription provides unlimited access to over 60 courses, assessments, and training curricula designed to enhance job-specific, self-paced learning for […]

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Inappropriate or Not, the More Important Distinction Is Whether It Is Correct

Inappropriate or Not, the More Important Distinction Is Whether It Is Correct

by Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS Some auditors and educators have a stylistic habit of using the word inappropriate to describe coding choices that they advise against. I would rather they called it incorrect. “Inappropriate” refers most often to behavior and usually someone’s opinion of that behavior. It is considered inappropriate to visit the […]

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Becoming CCS Certified, Eligibility vs. Preparation

Becoming CCS Certified, 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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ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q3&Q4 2021): Cardiomyopathy due to Methamphetamine Abuse

Join Libman Education’s Faye Kelly, RHIT, CCS, for this brief video preview of Libman Education’s Coding Clinic Commentary for Q3/4 2021 on the topic “Cardiomyopathy due to Methamphetamine Abuse.”   FY 2022 Code Updates:  Learn what the changes mean and how to apply them FY 2022 Code Updates contain detailed explanations of critical changes to the […]

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