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Jumping off Cliffs with Mary Beth Haugen

Publication: NEC Podcast

Kristi is a senior consultant for Haugen Consulting Group where she is responsible for the development of live and web-based coding training materials, presentation of live trainings and webinars, and conducting coding audits. Kristi has an extensive background in coding education and consulting and is a national speaker on topics related to medical coding and code-based reimbursement. | Read More.

Advice for Coding Medical Necessity on Outpatient Claims

Publication: RAC Monitor

There’s the textbook answer on how we should be coding, and then there’s the reality that not all payers adhere to the coding guidelines, and they don’t all use the fields available on the UB-04. So when the textbook answer doesn’t pay claims, what’s the proper course of action? | Read More.

7 Steps to Achieve Compliance Via Internal Audits

Publication: MGMA Connection

In today’s regulatory environment, it is not if, but when your prac-tice will receive a notice from a payer, either asking for medical records or proposing a planned visit. Ideally, a proactive compli-ance plan provides the means to avoid an external audit. With internal audits in place, physician practices can anticipate positive outcomes that preclude penalties and paybacks. By doing so, your practice will be prepared to meet the challenge. | Read More.

Haugen Academy Core Knowledge

Publication: Haugen Academy Core Knowledge

Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medigap are among the largest payers for health care services in the United States. New Medicare cards are coming! Are you ready? Read More.

Power Down – Best Practices for Managing and Decommissioning Legacy Systems

Publication: Journal of AHIMA

A SUCCESSFUL DECOMMISSIONING project depends upon collaboration, leadership, and retention practices based on an enterprise approach to information governance and management. For organizations that have not established retention policies, best practices may emerge along with lessons learned during the conversion to new systems. Proactive planning, however, is best. This article chronicles the journey of Denver Health and the complexities the organization faced when decommissioning legacy systems, and offers best practices for others to follow. | Read More.

How to Move from Denial Management to Prevention

Publication: AHIMA

As the healthcare industry moves toward value-based payment, making the shift from denial management to denial prevention is essential. Provider organizations are now realizing the importance of a proactive approach that prevents initial denials at the beginning of the revenue cycle. | Read More.

Time for a CAC Check-In? Progress and Predictions for HIM

Publication: For The Record

The past three years witnessed tremendous growth in the use of computer-assisted coding (CAC) systems. Many hospitals and health systems decided to move forward with CAC implementations during repeated ICD-10 delays. In fact, according to a 2017 WinterGreen Research report, the overall CAC industry is expected to see continued adoption with the overall market rising to $5.1 billion by 2023. | Read More.

Jumping off Cliffs with Mary Beth Haugen

Publication: NEC Podcast

Mary Beth Haugen, MS, RHIA, is founder and CEO of The Haugen Consulting Group and Haugen Academy, based in Denver, Colorado. She has over 25 years of experience in Health Information Management. Prior to launching Haugen Consulting Group, Mary Beth held leadership roles in Information Services and HIM in a variety of healthcare settings. | Read More.

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