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Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies

Publication: HCPro

As with many diagnoses in the inpatient setting, acute kidney disorders can be confusing for coders to report due to multiple abbreviations and varying clinical criteria. Although the ICD-10-CM codes for the genitourinary system may seem straightforward, they don’t always line up precisely with the provider’s documentation in the medical record. | Read More.

Feeling the Burn: Confessions of a Formerly Burned Out Coder

Publication: ICD10 Monitor

On any given day, if you walked into my home oce, you might think you were in a spa. The walls are painted a soothing aqua color (at least, I think it’s soothing), a scent diffuser releases a pleasant tea tree oil scent (good for the voice on those days when I present webinars), and Asian meditation music plays softly on an endless loop. At second glance, you would see an enormous desk cluttered with two large computer monitors, code books, copies of articles I’ve printed with the intent to read, and a planner opened to the current week with color-coded notes regarding weekly
meetings, to-do lists, and deadlines. It might seem like a stark paradox, but I like to call it balance. And it’s taken years to achieve. | Read More.

Talking with Your Younger Self with Kristi Pollard

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.

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