Coding Education

HIAlearn – Coding Staff Development & Training

Unmatched industry expertise

Ensuring the educational development of your coding staff is of utmost importance. Whether you need additional focused education based on review findings or the tools to foster ongoing coder development, HIA has you covered with the latest coding updates and regulatory changes. Much of our material is approved by AHIMA and/or AAPC for CEUs. View our extensive HIAlearn library here.

HIAlearn Offerings

Education may take many avenues, including on-site visits, audio recordings and online education modules. Training can consist of one-on-one, group sessions or self-paced. Programs can be tailored to fit any time frame, from a few hours to monthly training and monitoring of new coding staff. We utilize a Learning Management System (LMS) to house coding education sessions. Individual participants are provided a username/password to access the LMS from a designated website.

 

Education Counts

Our 70-years of combined teaching experience has taught us that academic instruction fused with practical application creates a comprehensive learning experience that benefits our team and yours.

Pat Maccariella-Hafey

Pat Maccariella-Hafey

Executive Director of Education

Beth Martilik

Beth Martilik

Assistant Director of Education

Kim Carrier

Kim Carrier

Director of Coding Quality Assurance

Coding Tip: New Technology ICD-10-PCS Section “X” Drugs for FY2019

Coding Tip: New Technology ICD-10-PCS Section “X” Drugs for FY2019

Section “X” is a separate place within ICD-10-PCS for certain new technology procedures (such as new technology drugs). Section “X” does not introduce any new coding concepts or unusual guidelines for correct coding and maintains continuity with the other sections in ICD-10-PCS.

Coding Tip: Cerebral Infarction When Patient Has Carotid Stenosis

Coding Tip: Cerebral Infarction When Patient Has Carotid Stenosis

Coders have struggled for some time with the dilemma of when to assign the combination code of carotid stenosis, with cerebral infarction (i.e.I63.231) and when to assign separate codes for the specific cerebral infarction and carotid stenosis. (i.e. I66.01 and I65.21).

Query Tip: What is Conflicting Documentation?

Query Tip: What is Conflicting Documentation?

Conflicting documentation occurs when health care providers call the same condition different things. When none of the documented conditions are clearly ruled out by the physician, coders may find it necessary to query for the most appropriate diagnosis.

Query Tip: Be Careful Using Yes/No Query Format

Query Tip: Be Careful Using Yes/No Query Format

Queries in a Yes/No format are limited to use in the four specific circumstances. This format may not be used when only clinical indicators of a condition are present, but the diagnosis has not been documented in the health record.

Coding Tip: Body Mass Index (BMI) Reporting in Pregnancy

Coding Tip: Body Mass Index (BMI) Reporting in Pregnancy

With the publication of the new ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting for FY 2019, we finally have an answer regarding reporting of BMI in pregnancy. The new guideline does state “do not assign BMI codes during pregnancy.”

Coding Tip: Bullying – What is it and how is it coded?

Coding Tip: Bullying – What is it and how is it coded?

When coding a record with documented bullying, this is coded as child or adult psychological abuse (initial/subsequent encounter or sequela) either as confirmed or suspected. The encounter and whether this is confirmed or suspected is needed in order to assign the appropriate diagnosis code.

HIAlearn – Coding Staff Development & Training

Unmatched industry expertise

Ensuring the educational development of your coding staff is of utmost importance. Whether you need additional focused education based on review findings or the tools to foster ongoing coder development, HIA has you covered with the latest coding updates and regulatory changes. Much of our material is approved by AHIMA and/or AAPC for CEUs. View our extensive HIAlearn library here.

HIAlearn Offerings

Education may take many avenues, including on-site visits, audio recordings and online education modules. Training can consist of one-on-one, group sessions or self-paced. Programs can be tailored to fit any time frame, from a few hours to monthly training and monitoring of new coding staff. We utilize a Learning Management System (LMS) to house coding education sessions. Individual participants are provided a username/password to access the LMS from a designated website.

 

Education Counts

Our 92-years of combined teaching experience has taught us that academic instruction fused with practical application creates a comprehensive learning experience that benefits our team and yours.

Pat Maccariella-Hafey

Pat Maccariella-Hafey

Executive Director of Education

Coding Tip: New Technology ICD-10-PCS Section “X” Drugs for FY2019

Coding Tip: New Technology ICD-10-PCS Section “X” Drugs for FY2019

Section “X” is a separate place within ICD-10-PCS for certain new technology procedures (such as new technology drugs). Section “X” does not introduce any new coding concepts or unusual guidelines for correct coding and maintains continuity with the other sections in ICD-10-PCS.

Coding Tip: Cerebral Infarction When Patient Has Carotid Stenosis

Coding Tip: Cerebral Infarction When Patient Has Carotid Stenosis

Coders have struggled for some time with the dilemma of when to assign the combination code of carotid stenosis, with cerebral infarction (i.e.I63.231) and when to assign separate codes for the specific cerebral infarction and carotid stenosis. (i.e. I66.01 and I65.21).

Beth Martilik

Beth Martilik

Assistant Director of Education

Query Tip: What is Conflicting Documentation?

Query Tip: What is Conflicting Documentation?

Conflicting documentation occurs when health care providers call the same condition different things. When none of the documented conditions are clearly ruled out by the physician, coders may find it necessary to query for the most appropriate diagnosis.

Query Tip: Be Careful Using Yes/No Query Format

Query Tip: Be Careful Using Yes/No Query Format

Queries in a Yes/No format are limited to use in the four specific circumstances. This format may not be used when only clinical indicators of a condition are present, but the diagnosis has not been documented in the health record.

Kim Carrier

Kim Carrier

Director of Coding Quality Assurance

Coding Tip: Body Mass Index (BMI) Reporting in Pregnancy

Coding Tip: Body Mass Index (BMI) Reporting in Pregnancy

With the publication of the new ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting for FY 2019, we finally have an answer regarding reporting of BMI in pregnancy. The new guideline does state “do not assign BMI codes during pregnancy.”

Coding Tip: Bullying – What is it and how is it coded?

Coding Tip: Bullying – What is it and how is it coded?

When coding a record with documented bullying, this is coded as child or adult psychological abuse (initial/subsequent encounter or sequela) either as confirmed or suspected. The encounter and whether this is confirmed or suspected is needed in order to assign the appropriate diagnosis code.

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will benefit you

Overcome common coding challenges identified during audits and coding staff performance reviews with HIAlearn Action Plans.

See how HIAlearn
will benefit you

Overcome common coding challenges identified during audits and coding staff performance reviews with HIAlearn Action Plans.

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