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Anthrax: What Every Coder Should Know

Author: Stanfill, Mary H

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2002

The inhalation anthrax identified by a Florida physician in October 2001, during the recent series of bioterrorist attacks, was the first case of reported inhalation anthrax in the United States in more than 25 years.1 With the threat of anthrax as a biological weapon, correct coding could be....

Fracture Treatment Poses Coding Challenge: Multiple Treatment Options Require Special Attention

Author: Hutchinson, Mark R.; Stanfill, Mary H

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2003

There are 206 bones in the human body and each is susceptible to fracture. The choices in fracture management are complex and based on a number of issues including fracture type, fracture pattern, specific bone, age of fracture, age of patient, associated injuries, and physician preference. Co....

ICD-9-CM 2005: a Step Further

Author: Stanfill, Mary H; Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004


This session will focus on select clinical conditions related to modifications or additions to ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes for fiscal year (FY) 2005, effective October 1, 2004. Code assignment for the following conditions, which changed significantly for FY 2005, will be....

Testimony of the American Health Information Management Association to the Standards and Security Subcommittee of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Stanfill, Mary H

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: July 26, 2005

July 26, 2005

Opening Comments

Chairmen Blair and Reynolds, members of the Standards and Security Subcommittee, and ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.  I am Valerie Watzlaf, associate professor within the Department of Health Information Management in the....

Preparing for ICD-10- CM/PCS Implementation: Impact on Productivity and Quality

Author: Stanfill, Mary H; Hsieh, Kang Lin; Beal, Kathleen; Fenton, Susan H.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2014


Coding productivity is expected to drop significantly during the lead-up to and in the initial stages of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation, now expected to be delayed until October 1, 2015. This study examined the differences in coding productivity between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-....

In Pursuit of Compatible Coding Audit Benchmarks

Author: Stanfill, Mary H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019

By Mary H. Stanfill, MBI, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA

People like benchmarkS. They like to know how they are doing in comparison to someone else. In health information management (HIM), a common benchmark is the de facto standard of 95 percent accuracy rate for medical coding. HIM pr....