Coronavirus: Tips for Working from Home
Companies around the world have told their employees to stay home and work remotely. Whether you’re new to this concept or a work from home veteran, here’s some tips to staying productive from our #HIAfamily.
My passion is classic cars and now that I’m home I can attend more classic car shows in the area even during the week. Right now they are all postponed due to the virus but I can still get out and drive!
How do I stay motivated?
The countdown to Friday and the weekend!
My cat, Percy, is one of my favorite things about working from home. He shares my desk with me in the mornings.
My best tip is to have a routine for the day and stick to it. Just as if you were going into an office. For me, it makes things go more smoothly to stay in that routine day after day.
As far as staying motivated while working from home, I like to play my favorite music in the background while working. My house if quiet now that all the kids are gone, and if it’s too quiet my mind starts to stray a bit. My favorite thing about working from home is the flexibility of the work hours. If I can’t sleep, I get up and work super early in the morning. Also, it’s easier to work around any appointments I might have during the day. 😉
For me personally, my favorite things about working remotely…
- I don’t have to wake up extra early (2 hours earlier than my clock-in time) in order to get myself and my kids ready to get out of the door
- I can work in the most comfortable attire
- I don’t have to battle traffic on a daily basis
- I can avoid office drama that is common in large office spaces
- I don’t have to pack my lunch and therefore have access to my entire kitchen to make wise choices for lunch
- I can use my lunch hour to go for a run or a bike ride and come back sweaty without bothering my coworkers with my BO (haha)
- I can have a flexible schedule to drop off and pick up my kids from school
- Most of all, at this time in our lives, I can avoid being exposed to others being sick! (aka coronavirus).
And all of the above benefits in addition to great pay and benefits with the best employer in the world!
So why wouldn’t someone not want to work from home??
I would encourage everyone working from home to:
- Get up and get dressed. Staying in PJs seems fun, but not taking that extra time for yourself can be ‘depressing’.
- Take breaks – step outside and breath in the Spring season fastly approaching
- Find something to do with your hands: A jigsaw puzzle in the evening can be fun for all family members, and keeps you out of the refrig! Rumicube or a board card tossed in the back of the closet – time to pull it out.
- Get those planting beds ready. Rake the dead leaves, and turn the soil. You will be ready to plant when the trucks finally arrive and stores are ready for shopping again.
- Eat up the stored canned goods and freezer content – a good time to use stored items.
- Find a purpose – call the neighbors to check on them. Share good vibes.
- Live your faith – that this will pass, all things are possible, God is in control. Americans can and will be responsible citizens to each other and to the world.
If you have kids at home, work when they are sleeping. Even if you are getting up at 4am, which sounds crazy but that is what I did when I started working from home. I would love insomnia driven mornings where I was tired of the tossing an turning so I would start working at 1am or so. That way, I was still able have time with the kiddos and get all the household things done.
Favorite thing about working from home…NO COMMUTE! NO DRIVE TIME! It was like getting a bonus of extra time!
You get to use your own bathroom!!! You get to control the temperature in your workplace. Oh and no downtime from getting off of work and going to your next activity….
I love walking my dog on my lunch break or afternoon break. Gets me out in the fresh air and sunshine! I return to my work refreshed and with a clear head. 😊
Having a furry assistant available to stress release. Nothing like doggie kisses!
I love working from home because of the convivence and flexibility especially with having kids. Although my kids are old enough and are self-sufficient, it’s nice to be available to them when needed. I also like having to not get ‘dressed’ up for work! And the not having to drive to work in the winter is a plus especially living in Iowa the winters are very long.
My favorite thing about being able to work from home is being there when my teenage daughter gets home from school. I am able to know who comes in my home to hang with her and to help her if she has questions on homework or any other things that come up for her during the day while it is still fresh in her mind.
Wow, have you seen the proposed rule for FY2023 IPPS yet? There are 1,495 proposed coding changes to ICD-10-CM diagnoses codes alone! There are also some IPPS changes to note. As for ICD-10-PCS, there are not as many new codes, most significantly occlusion of prostate artery and knee joint replacement codes.
Coding denials are sent after the auditor has reviewed the record in question and the auditor does not agree with the DRG that was paid. This can be for either a diagnosis or a procedure code that they think does not meet reporting requirements.
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As of April 1, 2022 discharges, the following changes in ICD-10 and IPPS will be implemented. For years the coding community did not see changes occurring in April of the fiscal year. HIM professionals were used to not even worrying about April changes. This year, we do have some significant code additions and a change in the IPPS CC/MCC edit. The ICD10MCE and Grouper Version will be 39.1.
DRG 640 (Miscellaneous disorders of nutrition, metabolism, fluids, and electrolytes with MCC) was the number 9 most common DRG with recommendations from HIA in 2021.
DRG 981 (Extensive O.R Procedures unrelated to principal diagnosis with MCC) was the number 8 most common DRG with recommendations from HIA in 2021.
DRG 291 (Heart failure with shock with MCC). This should be no surprise to coders that DRG 291 is in the top DRG’s with recommendation. It seems to always be in the top 5 and a focus for denials.
DRG 177 (Respiratory infections and inflammations with MCC) and 178 (Respiratory infections and inflammations with CC). This should be no surprise to coders that DRG 177 is in the top DRG’s with recommendation.
Sepsis is and will most likely always be a troubled area for coders. There are multiple reasons for this and we will look at a few of these. There are many different criteria being used to validate the diagnosis of sepsis.
During a recent review of spinal fusion cases at a client, we found coding issues on the cases in which both an anterior interbody fusion, anterior open approach was done on one day and two days later, the patient was brought back for a posterior fusion, posterior open approach. Below are some of the recommendations we made along with education explanations.
This is Part 5 of a five part series on the new 2022 CPT codes. For the remaining areas we will just briefly summarize the section. Due to the intricate nature of these sections in CPT, it is recommended that the coder read the entire section notes associated with the new codes.
This is Part 4 of a 5 part series on the new 2022 CPT codes. In this one we will explore the nervous, ocular and auditory systems CPT changes.
This is Part 3 of a 5 part series on the new 2022 CPT codes. In this one we will explore the digestive, urinary and reproductive system CPT changes.
This is Part 1 of a five part series on the new 2022 CPT codes. In this series we include examples to help the coder understand the new codes.
10 ICD-10 Codes from the Christmas movie Home Alone. T20. 10XA for Harry, Burn of first degree of head, face, and neck, unspecified site, initial encounter. T20.56XA for Kevin and his aftershave incident, Corrosion of first degree of forehead and cheek, initial encounter.
Did you get a chance to read the FY2022 IPPS Final Rule? There is an interesting topic that was discussed regarding unspecified ICD-10-CM laterality diagnosis codes, to be exact. In this coding tip we discuss that subject and possible ramifications of it in the coding world.
In Part 4 of the series, we will review the NTAP procedure codes and reimbursement add-on payments. Prepare yourself as this is rather lengthy due to continuation of NTAP that would normally expire.
Coders are instructed, at this time, to follow the AHA Frequently Asked Questions Regarding ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding for COVID-19. Lately, we have seen missing PCS codes for the new technology drugs that were introduced on August 1, 2020 and thereafter.