4 Steps to Making the Most of FY 2022 ICD-10 Coding Updates

4 Steps to Making the Most of FY 2022 ICD-10 Coding Updates

by Angela Lima, BS, CCS, CDIP, COC, CIC, AAPC-Approved Instructor Changes to the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code systems and guidelines for FY 2022 have been released. Many coders are busily reviewing the updates and making preparations for implementation on October 1. For those of us who live neck-deep in coding it is an exciting time. […]

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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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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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Why You Should Consider Sitting for the CCS-P Exam

Why You Should Consider Sitting for the CCS-P Exam

by Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Education Specialist, Libman Education In the coding profession, credentials matter. They signify to employers and peers that you have mastery level coding skills, and that you will adhere to the rigorous ethical standards of our profession. Getting a credential is a significant step on the career path […]

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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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Q & A with Dr. Z: Stab Phlebectomy Abdomen

Q & A with Dr. Z: Stab Phlebectomy Abdomen

by David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC Question: “11 Stab phlebectomies were performed over varicose veins of her abdomen,” Since 37765-37766 are for extremities, would this be unlisted? 37799? Answer: There is no code for treatment of varicose veins by stab phlebectomy anywhere but the lower extremities. We agree with recommendation to […]

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