A New Strategy for Mastering ICD-10-PCS: An Integrative Approach

A New Strategy for Mastering ICD-10-PCS: An Integrative Approach

by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA More than five years after implementation, we are still seeing coders struggle with ICD-10-PCS coding of inpatient procedures. It is a complex coding system and cannot be mastered without a focused effort. What is needed is more than just understanding definitions and guidelines. It is time to move […]

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The Impact of COVID-19: How Essential are Coding Credentials?

The Impact of COVID-19: How Essential are Coding Credentials?

The following article is drawn from our recent roundtable discussion on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function. To view the complete roundtable discussion, see The Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function: A Roundtable Discussion.   MODERATOR: What about coder credentials—do you think current coding credentials (and the process of obtaining those credentials) […]

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Libman Education Announces Instructor-led Program to Prepare for the CCS Coding Credential

Taught by nationally recognized CCS expert Mary Beth York BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – November 12, 2020 – Libman Education has announced the newest sessions of its intensive Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) training for coders and CDI specialists. Taught by nationally recognized CCS expert Mary Beth York, two courses — CCS Exam Prep: CCS for Hospital Coders […]

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The Impact of COVID-19: Preparing Your Coders for Changing Demands

The Impact of COVID-19: Preparing Your Coders for Changing Demands

The following article is drawn from our recent roundtable discussion on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function. To view the complete roundtable discussion, see The Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function: A Roundtable Discussion. MODERATOR: In what new areas do you think coders will require additional education?       “We need more […]

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Surviving Uncertainty: Why a Coding Credential Is Even More Important Now

Surviving Uncertainty: Why a Coding Credential Is Even More Important Now

by Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Believe it or not, holding a coding credential has become even more important during this time of disruption in the healthcare industry. As many people face uncertainty in the immediate term about the strength of our economy, healthcare is one industry that continues to be essential. Since […]

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Time to Make the “Kind” Response Your Default Setting

Time to Make the “Kind” Response Your Default Setting

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA Popular inspirational teachers often remind audiences that when they have the choice to be RIGHT or KIND, they should always choose kindness. This is not new counsel. Wisdom tales across time and cultures have highlighted the importance of kindness. Recently I came across a research study that showed a […]

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Q & A with Dr. Z: VSD Closure

Q & A with Dr. Z: VSD Closure

by David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC Question: Which CPT code would best describe a VSD closure that is not for a congenital VSD, but post MI? Answer: We recommend reporting unlisted code 93799 for ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure of a NON-congenital (post-infarct) VSD.   November 30-December 4: ZHealth IR/CV Medical […]

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ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q3 2020): Plication of Diaphragm

Hear Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, a nationally-recognized authority on coding and reimbursement issues, discuss “ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q3 2020): Plication of Diaphragm” 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 — […]

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The Impact of COVID-19: Best Cross-training Options to Meet Changing Demands

The Impact of COVID-19: Best Cross-training Options to Meet Changing Demands

The following article is drawn from our recent roundtable discussion on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function. To view the complete roundtable discussion, see The Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function: A Roundtable Discussion. MODERATOR: Have you found it necessary to cross-train coders during COVID-19 to meet changing demands?     “We […]

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