Category Archives: Coders’ Corner

ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q4 2020): HIV Disease

Hear Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, a nationally-recognized authority on coding and reimbursement issues, discuss “ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q4 2020): HIV Disease” 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 — all […]

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HIM and the Conjunction of Planets: What Jupiter and Saturn Can Teach Us about Perspective

HIM and the Conjunction of Planets: What Jupiter and Saturn Can Teach Us about Perspective

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA This year on December 21, the Winter Solstice, inhabitants of Earth (that’s us!) will have the opportunity to observe a rare astronomical event. The planets Jupiter and Saturn will appear to line up, forming what astronomers call a conjunction. The last time these two planets came this close and […]

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ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q4 2020): Critical Limb Ischemia

Hear Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, a nationally-recognized authority on coding and reimbursement issues, discuss “ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q4 2020): Critical Limb Ischemia” 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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Remote Work Environments: A Manager’s Perspective

Remote Work Environments: A Manager’s Perspective

by Ann Barnaby, CPC, CRC, CASCC, Founder and Managing Director of Project Resume Remote Work Environments. These three words mean many things to many different people. A medical coder may have a completely different vision of remote work than a manager does. Over time, the very definition of a remote work environment has changed. What […]

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The P/F Ratio and Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure

The P/F Ratio and Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure

by Richard Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS Diagnoses of acute hypoxemic respiratory failure is based on two things: Symptoms: acute or subacute ranging from increasing shortness of breath, increased (>20) or decreased (<10) respirations to cyanosis, retractions, accessory muscle use depending on severity and finally respiratory arrest. Blood gas measurement: PaO2 <60 mmHg on room air […]

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Managing the Coding Function: Lessons Learned From Going Remote

Managing the Coding Function: Lessons Learned From Going Remote

by Stacy Swartz, RHIA, CCS, CPC, Senior Director of Coding and CDI Solutions, eCatalyst Healthcare Solutions As COVID-19 continues to strengthen its hold across the country, many healthcare organizations have faced yet another challenge: managing a remote coding work force. What can we learn from their experience thus far? Up until COVID-19, the majority of […]

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Never Waste a Crisis: Why Now May Be the Moment to Improve Your Team’s Coding Skills

Never Waste a Crisis: Why Now May Be the Moment to Improve Your Team’s Coding Skills

by Angela Gerbert, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC, CPC-I Instructor, Libman Education “Now is a great time to do education.” We heard this from a Director of HIM for a hospital that primarily provides elective procedures. Her hospital’s operating rooms are now ordered to sit idle. Her facility’s patient rooms are being emptied and made ready […]

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ICD-10-CM: New COVID-19 Diagnosis Codes, Effective January 1, 2021

ICD-10-CM: New COVID-19 Diagnosis Codes, Effective January 1, 2021

  ICD-10-CM: New COVID-19 Diagnosis Codes, Effective January 1, 2021   This LibmanLightbox™, by nationally recognized coding authority Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA, discusses new ICD-10-CM codes related to COVID-19, effective 1/1/2021.     Short bursts of learning to illuminate current challenges in medical record coding. Shining a light, where and when you need […]

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ICD-10-PCS: New Therapy and Vaccine Codes for COVID-19, Effective January 1, 2021

ICD-10-PCS: New Therapy and Vaccine Codes for COVID-19, Effective January 1, 2021

  ICD-10-PCS: New Therapy and Vaccine Codes for COVID-19, Effective January 1, 2021   This LibmanLightbox™, by nationally recognized coding authority Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA, discusses new ICD-10-PCS codes for COVID-19 therapies and vaccines, effective 1/1/21.     Short bursts of learning to illuminate current challenges in medical record coding. Shining a light, […]

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How Hospitals Ensure Coding Quality

How Hospitals Ensure Coding Quality

by Stacy Swartz, RHIA, CCS, CPC Establishing a Quality/Compliance Program Coding quality has always been critical. Coders are held to high standards and an expectation to achieve a greater than 95% accuracy rate is common. Coder accuracy impacts reimbursement, benchmarking, clinical and financial decision making, and publicly reported data on quality of care. A comprehensive […]

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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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