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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Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan: A Thirty-day Plan for Coding Credential Success!

Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan: A Thirty-day Plan for Coding Credential Success!

by Angela Lehoux, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC, CPC-I Do you need a coding credential? Perhaps your job requires it. Have you been considering sitting for the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exams offered by AHIMA? Is the thought of attempting these difficult-to-achieve coding credentials overwhelming? You can do this! And we […]

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Coronavirus: Clinical Documentation Improvement and Coding Considerations

Coronavirus: Clinical Documentation Improvement and Coding Considerations

by Richard Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS and Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is the collective term for all respiratory infections caused by SARS-CoV-2. Initial symptoms are much like almost any significant respiratory infection such as fever and/or respiratory-like symptoms like cough, sneezing, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. In more […]

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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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From Our Mailbag: How are you handling the impact of COVID-19? What are Your Biggest Concerns?

From Our Mailbag: How are you handling the impact of COVID-19? What are Your Biggest Concerns?

HIM professionals from across the country and internationally have shared with us their concerns regarding the impact of the COVID-19 virus. There is still time to share your thoughts. Please tell us how you have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.  TAKE SURVEY We sent all coders, CDI and UR staff to work from […]

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Q & A with Dr. Z: Cerebral Aneurysm Embolization with Vasospasm

Q & A with Dr. Z: Cerebral Aneurysm Embolization with Vasospasm

by David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC Question: Patient is status post pipeline embolization. Patient clinically, CTA (CT Angiography) and TCD’s (Transcranial Doppler) are consistent with vasospasm. Right vertebral angiogram showed vasospasm. Vasospasm was treated with 10mg of intra-arterial verapamil over a 10 minute infusion. Left internal carotid angiogram showed vasospasm and […]

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How to Cross-train Your Coding Staff Now

How to Cross-train Your Coding Staff Now

by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA Our healthcare institutions are remaking themselves in response to these extraordinary times. The normal range of demand for hospital services is being replaced by the particular needs of the COVID-19 patient. Outpatient services and elective procedure volumes are way down across the country, leaving outpatient coders with less […]

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Libman Education releases cross-training coding curriculum (Home Care Technology Report)

From the Home Care Technology Report’s Vendor Watch (4/8/2020): Libman Education Releases Accelerated, Cross-Training Coding Curriculum in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – April 6, 2020 – Libman Education announced the release of the Accelerated Outpatient to Inpatient Coder Training program in response to demand by hospitals dealing with the disruption of COVID-19. With […]

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Libman Education releases Gail Smith’s New Foundational Course on CPT Coding

Providing the Training Needed for CPT Coding in Any Setting BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – April 23, 2020 – Libman Education announces the release of CPT: Introduction to Procedural Coding by nationally recognized CPT coding authority Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P, CPT. The online, on-demand course provides the essential knowledge and decision-making skills necessary for accurate […]

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