Author Archives: Gail Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P

About Gail Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P

Gail Smith, president of Gail I. Smith Consulting, is a nationally recognized coding educator. For most of her career Gail was an associate professor and director of the health information management (HIM) program at the University of Cincinnati and HIM program director at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Gail is a currently a consultant with a software company specializing in medical terminologies. Gail has authored several textbooks, including Basic Procedural Terminology and HCPCS Coding published by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).   An advocate for advanced coder training, Gail is the author of several titles for Libman Education including CPT: Introduction to Procedural Coding and two courses on the unique challenge of CPT coding in the pediatric setting: CPT for Pediatrics and CPT for Pediatrics: Advanced Orthopedic Coding. According to Gail: “One cannot possibly teach every coding scenario a coder will experience in their career. That is why coding education needs to focus instead on how to arrive at an accurate and defensible code assignment. It is the difference between learning to fish, and being given a fish. If you learn to code instead of being given answers to memorize, you will be able to arrive at the complete codes more quickly and with greater confidence.”
Kawasaki: COVID-19-related Illness in Children

Kawasaki: COVID-19-related Illness in Children

by Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P As coding professionals, we listen to news stories with a “clinical ear.” COVID-19 has many mysteries but the most recent involves children and what is described as Kawasaki-like inflammatory disease that has a link to COVID-19. Kawasaki disease is characterized by inflammation of blood vessels that could potentially […]

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COVID-19: The HIM Professional’s Role in Ensuring Data Quality

COVID-19: The HIM Professional’s Role in Ensuring Data Quality

by Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P As our country faces the COVID-19 pandemic, coding professionals have an important role to play capturing critical health data. Guidelines from the National Center for Health Statistics and CMS provide strict instruction to ensure consistent data collection. Coders take this responsibility seriously and both internal and external auditors […]

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COVID-19: Key Take-aways from CMS Guidance for Coding of Telehealth Services

COVID-19: Key Take-aways from CMS Guidance for Coding of Telehealth Services

by Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P A Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet was released by CMS on March 17, 2020. Link: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet CMS is expanding telemedicine benefits with a 1135 waiver that will pay for office, hospital and other visits furnished via telehealth starting with March 6, 2020 and lasting for the […]

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Changes to CPT for FY2020: What’s New?

Changes to CPT for FY2020: What’s New?

Hear nationally recognized ICD-10 expert and Libman Education course author Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P, discuss Changes to CPT for FY2020: What’s New? in this free, brief presentation, an excerpt from Gail’s CPT® Code Updates for FY2020.   Master the Code Changes in the 2020 CPT Code Set CPT Code Updates offers detailed explanations of complex […]

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