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Which Should You Take: the CCA or CCS Exam?

Author: Horn, Kelli

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: November 2013



As a CCS exam course review instructor and in my efforts to help students and coders obtain a coding credential, I am often asked which credential would be the most beneficial, and whether an individual is better prepared to pass the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or the Certified Codin....

What's Up With Sepsis...Again

Author: Easterling, Sharon

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: August 2016



BACKGROUND


Much discussion among medical, coding, and clinical documentation professionals has followed the recent release of the Sepsis-3 (Sep-3) definition, "Life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection," published in JAMA: The Jour....

What Standards? Why Now?

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: Global Standards Update | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: January 2013


Suddenly, the healthcare industry is acutely aware of the need for contemporary standards to address new technology. The use of standards is not new— in fact, “global standards have been driving innovation, contributing to the growth of markets and protecting the health and safety of workers an....

What Makes a Happy HIM Work Culture?

Author: Dover, Kayce

Source: AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: June 2016



"Happy families are all alike," Leo Tolstoy famously wrote. And the same may hold true for HIM departments. So what are the factors that make an HIM department happy? HIM Connections recently conducted a survey of HIM managers and team members to learn about HIM happiness: What works well....

V-ery Important Codes: V-Codes Matter!

Author: Wallace, Susan

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: September 2010




V-codes have long been considered step-children, supplemental codes that are typically relegated to the end of the list of ICD-9-CM codes. Since Medicare has only processed the top nine (9) diagnosis codes, even when all of the pertinent V-codes are assigned, they are frequently omitt....

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