Category Archives: Coders’ Corner

Reminder to Report Any Breaches Timely — Be In Compliance!

Reminder to Report Any Breaches Timely — Be In Compliance!

by Joan L. Usher, BS, RHIA, COS-C, ACE Did your organization have a privacy or information security breach of unsecured protected health during 2014? If the answer is YES, and the breach impacted less than 500 individuals, the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires that this incident(s) be reported to the Secretary of Health and Human Services Office […]

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Selected Topics from the 2015 OIG WORK PLAN: New Two-midnight Inpatient Admission Criteria

Selected Topics from the 2015 OIG WORK PLAN: New Two-midnight Inpatient Admission Criteria

  by Christopher Richards, RHIA, CCS This series of posts will highlight potential provider vulnerabilities with respect to the OIG 2015 work plan. Our sister company, Barry Libman Inc., is available to assist you with any areas where you feel you might have potential exposure. Certainly, everyone is in full agreement that a good compliance plan strives to identify concerns […]

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“Examining ICD-10 Implementation” Highlights from the U.S. Subcommittee on Health Hearing

“Examining ICD-10 Implementation” Highlights from the U.S. Subcommittee on Health Hearing

by Pamela J. Haney, MS, RHIA, CCS, CIC, COC Director of Training and Education for Libman Education On February 11, 2015, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) convened to hear testimony on the feasibility of implementing ICD-10 on October 1, 2015. Most, though not all, of the […]

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Getting That Coding Job: Persistence Can Pay Off

Getting That Coding Job: Persistence Can Pay Off

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA Searching for your first Coding job can be frustrating. As the transition to ICD-10 looms in front of us, coding supervisors and managers are scrambling to stack the deck with as much experience as possible. Like that insurance commercial, you’re probably thinking “everybody knows that.” It’s vexing to keep […]

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Selected Topics from the 2015 OIG WORK PLAN: Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplants

Selected Topics from the 2015 OIG WORK PLAN: Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplants

  by Christopher Richards, RHIA, CCS This series of posts will highlight potential provider vulnerabilities with respect to the OIG 2015 work plan. Our sister company, Barry Libman Inc., is available to assist you with any areas where you feel you might have potential exposure. Certainly, everyone is in full agreement that a good compliance plan strives to identify concerns […]

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Your Coding Career: Great Expectations or Grand Disappointments?

Your Coding Career: Great Expectations or Grand Disappointments?

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA When we are looking for a job in our field, whether fresh out of school or after some years in our profession, how do we view openings that don’t fit the exact mold we are expecting? How do we think and talk about the job we have today? As […]

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Selected Topics from the 2015 OIG WORK PLAN: Payments for Patients Diagnosed with Kwashiorkor

Selected Topics from the 2015 OIG WORK PLAN: Payments for Patients Diagnosed with Kwashiorkor

by Christopher Richards, RHIA, CCS This series of posts will highlight potential provider vulnerabilities with respect to the OIG 2015 work plan. Our sister company, Barry Libman Inc., is available to assist you with any areas where you feel you might have potential exposure. Certainly, everyone is in full agreement that a good compliance plan strives to identify concerns before […]

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Attention New Grads: Add a Coding Credential to Help with your Job Search

Attention New Grads: Add a Coding Credential to Help with your Job Search

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA [email protected] As college seniors begin their last semester of the traditional academic year, the inevitable questions emerge about how to distinguish themselves to employers after graduation. As a former faculty and academic advisor this usually translated into coaching undergraduates on resumes and cover letters, practicing the behavioral interview and […]

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Prepping for the CCA: Part 12: Success! My Experience Earning the CCA Credential

Prepping for the CCA: Part 12: Success! My Experience Earning the CCA Credential

Follow Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA, an experienced HIM professional, as she pursues and achieves her goal of earning a CCA coding credential. A writer with clear vision and inspiring manner, Rebecca shares what she learns about the process of preparation and provides an ongoing narrative of both setbacks and victories.  Join the journey and share your […]

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Selected Topics from the 2015 OIG Work Plan: Inpatient Claims for Mechanical Ventilation

Selected Topics from the 2015 OIG Work Plan: Inpatient Claims for Mechanical Ventilation

  by Christopher Richards, RHIA, CCS This series of posts will highlight potential provider vulnerabilities with respect to the OIG 2015 work plan. Our sister company, Barry Libman Inc., is available to assist you with any areas where you feel you might have potential exposure. Certainly, everyone is in full agreement that a good compliance plan strives to identify concerns […]

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AHDI Webinar: Transcriptionists – Repurpose your Skills!

(Running time: 56:25) Pamela J. Haney, MS, RHIA, CCS, CPC-H and Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC, discuss how transcriptionists can transition to a medical coding career in the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) webinar “Transcriptionists – Repurpose your Skills!” on 8/12/2014. A must-listen for all transcriptionists considering a medical coding career. Read more

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HIM’s Role to Play in Critical Medical Decision Making

HIM’s Role to Play in Critical Medical Decision Making

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA I recently visited a friend who is in the hospital preparing for a significant and serious medical intervention: a heart transplant. While I was there, a physician from the transplant team stopped by with some updates (my friend invited me to stay for the update). As the physician described the […]

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