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CPT Receives Update for 2014

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2014



On January 1, 2014, the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) was updated with additions, revisions, and deletions. In total, 175 new codes were added, 107 codes were revised, and 47 codes were deleted. In addition, editorial changes and coding guideline addi....

Pain-free Wound Care Coding

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


Wound care diagnoses and procedures can be challenging to code. In order for coders to code them correctly, clinicians must document diagnoses and procedures appropriately and thoroughly. Open communication between coders and clinicians can help facilitate better documentation.

Inpa....

New ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Codes for FY 2012

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2011


The new ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes go into effect October 1, 2011. This date marks the last regular annual update to the ICD-9-CM code set before the partial code freeze. On October 1, 2012, there will be only limited code updates to ICD-9-CM to capture new technology and new diseases. There wil....

Coding Saint Patrick's Day

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 11, 2015




Saint Patrick’s Day is both a cultural and religious celebration that includes displays of the color green, eating and drinking, and parades. One of the greatest places to celebrate this day, outside of Ireland, is the city of Chicago, where the people go all out for Saint Patrick’s D....

Coding Zika Virus

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 10, 2016





Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys. There has recently been a rise in incidences of the Zika virus in Brazil. More than 13 countries in the Americas have reported sporadic Zika virus infections, indicating....

ICD-9-CM Refresher

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 11, 2014





Focus has been on training in ICD-10-CM/PCS for the past few years. With yet another delay, many organizations are slowing down their ICD-10 training and changing their focus back to ICD-9-CM.


The first quarter of 2014 was historic in “coder world” since t....

Coding Hip Fractures

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2010


Hip fractures are most commonly seen in elderly patients. They are a serious concern for this population because they can lead to a decreased quality of life, extended hospitalizations, or admission to nursing facilities.

Two of the most common causes for fractures are falls and ost....

Anatomy of a Physician Coder: Small, medium, and large physician practices all feature these multi-tasking, multi-responsibility coders

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


An analysis of the “physician coder” anatomy would reveal a cornucopia of responsibilities nestled under this one succinct title.

They are equal parts clinical documentation improvement specialist, office manager, patient counselor, physician process tracker, coder... the list goes....

HIM After Retirement: No Needlepoint for These Retirees, Who are Finding New Ways to Contribute to the Profession ... On Their Own Terms

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2015



When Sherry Doggett decided to retire in 2013 after a 30-year career in HIM, the first thing she did was try to figure out how she was going to spend her time. Doggett, who spent her last year of work as the corporate director of transcription at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Academic....

Standardizing Interoperability is a Team Effort

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2016



AHIMA and other key stakeholders continue to drive national and global progress to achieve information systems interoperability in healthcare.


Like a complex puzzle, health information data and system interoperability takes time, effort, and collaboration to solve. And solvin....

Becoming a Data Master

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



As an independent contractor and data analytics subject matter expert (SME), Lisa Brooks Taylor, RHIA, spends most of her time working with professional associations and large insurers developing machine-computable algorithms to analyze healthcare data. She works closely with data scientis....

RAC Audit Underpayments: Does CMS Owe You Money?

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



Anxiety—it’s the emotion that looms over most patient financial services (PFS) directors and those working in health information management (HIM) when they discover that their organization’s claims are subject to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Recovery....

Leading HIM Reimagined by Example

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2018












By Lisa A. Eramo, MA


Technology has transformed almost every industry, and health information management (HIM) is no exception. Data used to be handwritten words on a page. Now, with the rise of electronic health records (EHR), dat....

Attack of the Audits

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2018





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Attack of the Audits

Mounting Reviews Test HIM Policies and Patience


By Lisa A. Eramo, MA


The recent onslaught of audits in the healthcare industry, and the damage they leave in their wake, likely has many....

Projects Help Students Prepare for e-HIM

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 2015



The technical, legal, and collaborative aspects of information governance had always appealed to Kristi Lundgren, MS, RHIA. Although Lundgren, a former graduate student at the College of St. Scholastica, had studied about the importance of governing data in an electronic environment, she c....

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