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The coding information and guidance in these posts are valid at the time of publishing. Learners are encouraged to research subsequent official guidance in the areas associated with the topic as they can change rapidly.

 

Tips & Expertise: Coding in the Age of COVID-19 Webinar Q&A

Q:  Is code U07.1 always sequenced first when a patient has a COVID-related condition?A:  No. Sequencing for code U07.1 follows the circumstances of admission. If the patient was admitted and COVID-19 meets the definition of principal diagnosis, it should be sequenced...

Education Content that Helps Us Grow with Mary Beth Haugen

Publication: AHIMA’s Hi Pitch Podcast

Hear from Mary Beth Haugen, RHIA, MS, founder and CEO of Haugen Consulting Group, as she talks about her commitment to creating compelling educational content for health information professionals. She also discusses her experiences as an AHIMA volunteer. | Read More.

Where Do I Find COVID-19 Coding Resources?

As the COVID-19 virus continues to mutate, so do the codes and coding advice used to track this pandemic. So where do we go for the latest information on COVID-19 coding? Here are the resources we recommend bookmarking. Make sure you reference them frequently, as...

Tips & Expertise: 2022 CPT Updates for the Facility Coder

Q:  What is the purpose of Category III codes? A:  The use of category III codes allows data collection for these services/procedures.  Use of unlisted codes does not offer this.  If a category III code is available and describes the procedure performed, it must be...

Tips & Expertise: 2022 CPT Profee Updates

Q:  What’s the purpose of category III codes?​ A:  The use of category III codes allow data collection for these services/procedures.  Use of unlisted codes does not offer this.  If a category III code is available and describes the procedure performed, it must be...

It’s Baaaaack: CMS Brings Back the Inpatient Only List

In the final rule for the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) for 2021, CMS announced plans to phase out the inpatient only list (IPO) by 2024. To kick that off, they removed 266 musculoskeletal-related services and their corresponding anesthesia services...

Social Determinants of Health Example Case Studies

​Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the environmental conditions where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life risks and outcomes. Some examples include income level,...

FAQs About the CIRCC® Exam: Is it Right for You?

FAQs About the CIRCC® Exam: Is it Right for You? A lot of coding professionals are looking to level up by adding a specialty certification and according to the AAPC, the Certified Interventional Radiology and Cardiology Coder® (CIRCC®) is one of the top earning coding...





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