There’s a reason you’ll find so many TV shows out there based on emergency medicine. Where else will you find dramatic life-and-death situations peppered with humor all found in the same place – the Emergency Department (ED)?

The ED is a place where providers are tasked with making split-second decisions that determine whether a patient lives or dies side by side with deciding which antibiotic is best to treat a toddler with an ear infection. Patients who’ve found themselves in awkward or embarrassing situations and need help are seen just a few stretchers away from psychiatric or intoxicated patients. The clinical staff needs to know how to treat every kind of patient that comes through their doors at any given time.

As coders, we need to be just as knowledgeable as those clinicians in all fields of medicine. We need to know how to show the full extent of injuries a multiple trauma patient has sustained right along with how far a child has stuffed a piece of rice up their nose. It’s our job to tell the patient’s story completely and accurately.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss how to assign 7th characters for injuries with confidence. We’ll also review commonly seen CPT procedures as well as those that are not so common. Coding for the Emergency Department might not be as exciting as one of those TV shows, but with a little help from Haugen, we can at least alleviate some of the anxiety!

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Terri Reid, CCS, CCS-P, CDIP, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

Terri Reid, CCS, CCS-P, CDIP, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

Senior Coding Quality Auditor

Terri comes to Haugen group with 25+ years of health information management experience in coding, auditing and education. She spent a number of years volunteering as an EMT and working in an Emergency Department before she transitioned into a career coding ED records. It wasn’t long before she was trained to code SDS and IP records eventually using her clinical background to help pioneer a concurrent query program at a level I trauma facility in the northeast. With the implementation of ICD-10, she helped develop coding protocols as well as provide education to physicians on the impact of their documentation.


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