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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: Sneak Peek at FY2022 Proposed DRG Changes

Coding Tip: Sneak Peek at FY2022 Proposed DRG Changes

CMS released the IPPS proposed rule on 4/27/21 outlining the proposed changes to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System for FY2022, which begins October 1, 2021. Later this year, sometime in August, CMS will release the Final Rule. Currently CMS is reviewing responses to their proposed rule and will address them in the final rule.

Coding Tip: Coding Bowel Obstruction in ICD-10-CM

Coding Tip: Coding Bowel Obstruction in ICD-10-CM

With the implementation of ICD-10-CM came different codes and coding rules for many diagnoses. One of these is the coding of bowel obstruction when the patient presents for this condition that is caused by another condition.

Part 5: CPT Breast Education Series | Breast Reconstruction Using Autologous Tissue Flaps

Part 5: CPT Breast Education Series | Breast Reconstruction Using Autologous Tissue Flaps

This is Part 5 of a 6-part series focusing on CPT coding of breast procedures. There are many different types of breast procedures, each having potential stumbling-blocks for coders. This series will address several of the more confusing topics. Part 5 focuses on the coding of different types of autologous tissue breast reconstruction procedures.

Coding Tip: Anticoagulation and Antiplatelet Therapy

Coding Tip: Anticoagulation and Antiplatelet Therapy

Anticoagulants and antiplatelets are used for the prevention and treatment of blood clots that occur in blood vessels.  Oftentimes, anticoagulants and antiplatelets are referred to as “blood thinners,” but they don’t actually thin the blood at all. These drugs slow down the body’s process of making clots. Their main function is to keep the patient’s blood from clotting or turning into solid clumps of cells. These drugs do this by interfering with either fibrin or platelets in the blood.

Coding Tip: Carotid Artery Disease

Coding Tip: Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid artery disease is a vague category that can incorporate many different carotid artery issues. Some physicians may feel that they are being clear the patient has plaque, stenosis, or occlusion of the artery, but in ICD-10-CM the specificity must be included in the documentation.

Coding Tip: Understanding and Reporting Pseudoseizures

Coding Tip: Understanding and Reporting Pseudoseizures

Pseudoseizures are a form of non-epileptic seizure. These are difficult to diagnose and oftentimes extremely difficult for the patient to comprehend. The term “pseudoseizures” is an older term that is still used today to describe psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES).

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: Sneak Peek at FY2022 Proposed DRG Changes

Coding Tip: Sneak Peek at FY2022 Proposed DRG Changes

CMS released the IPPS proposed rule on 4/27/21 outlining the proposed changes to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System for FY2022, which begins October 1, 2021. Later this year, sometime in August, CMS will release the Final Rule. Currently CMS is reviewing responses to their proposed rule and will address them in the final rule.

Coding Tip: Coding Bowel Obstruction in ICD-10-CM

Coding Tip: Coding Bowel Obstruction in ICD-10-CM

With the implementation of ICD-10-CM came different codes and coding rules for many diagnoses. One of these is the coding of bowel obstruction when the patient presents for this condition that is caused by another condition.

Beth Martilik

Beth Martilik

Assistant Director of Education

Part 5: CPT Breast Education Series | Breast Reconstruction Using Autologous Tissue Flaps

Part 5: CPT Breast Education Series | Breast Reconstruction Using Autologous Tissue Flaps

This is Part 5 of a 6-part series focusing on CPT coding of breast procedures. There are many different types of breast procedures, each having potential stumbling-blocks for coders. This series will address several of the more confusing topics. Part 5 focuses on the coding of different types of autologous tissue breast reconstruction procedures.

Kim Carrier

Kim Carrier

Director of Coding Quality Assurance

Coding Tip: Anticoagulation and Antiplatelet Therapy

Coding Tip: Anticoagulation and Antiplatelet Therapy

Anticoagulants and antiplatelets are used for the prevention and treatment of blood clots that occur in blood vessels.  Oftentimes, anticoagulants and antiplatelets are referred to as “blood thinners,” but they don’t actually thin the blood at all. These drugs slow down the body’s process of making clots. Their main function is to keep the patient’s blood from clotting or turning into solid clumps of cells. These drugs do this by interfering with either fibrin or platelets in the blood.

Coding Tip: Carotid Artery Disease

Coding Tip: Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid artery disease is a vague category that can incorporate many different carotid artery issues. Some physicians may feel that they are being clear the patient has plaque, stenosis, or occlusion of the artery, but in ICD-10-CM the specificity must be included in the documentation.

Coding Tip: Understanding and Reporting Pseudoseizures

Coding Tip: Understanding and Reporting Pseudoseizures

Pseudoseizures are a form of non-epileptic seizure. These are difficult to diagnose and oftentimes extremely difficult for the patient to comprehend. The term “pseudoseizures” is an older term that is still used today to describe psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES).

See how HIAlearn 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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