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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

Part 1:  New 2021 CPT Codes | Integumentary System

Part 1: New 2021 CPT Codes | Integumentary System

This is Part 1 of a five part series on the new 2021 CPT codes.  In this series we will explore the CPT changes for FY2021 and include examples to help the coder understand the new codes.  For 2021 in general, there were 199 new CPT codes added, 54 deleted and 69 revised.

2020: Year in Review | Coding Education

2020: Year in Review | Coding Education

In January, new CPT codes were released.  There were 248 new CPT codes added, 71 deleted and 75 revised.  Most of the surgery section changes were in the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular subsections. These included procedures such as skin grafting, breast biopsies, deep drug delivery systems, tricuspid valve repairs, aortic grafts and repair of iliac artery.

Coding Tip:  New COVID-19 Codes Effective January 1, 2021

Coding Tip: New COVID-19 Codes Effective January 1, 2021

We have seen many updates and changes to COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) since the pandemic started. On January 1, 2021 we will see even more changes as outlined in this post. Also the CMS MS-DRG grouper will be updated to version 38.1 to accommodate the changes.

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: Reporting “Flash” Pulmonary Edema

Coding Tip: Reporting “Flash” Pulmonary Edema

Acute pulmonary edema is the rapid accumulation of fluid within the tissue and space around the air sacs of the lung (lung interstitium). When this fluid collects in the air sacs in the lungs it is difficult to breathe. Acute pulmonary edema occurs suddenly and is life threatening.

Coding Tip: Endarterectomy During Coronary Artery Bypass

Coding Tip: Endarterectomy During Coronary Artery Bypass

Lately we have seen several cases where the endarterectomy was assigned along with the coronary artery bypass (CABG) procedure when being performed on the same vessel to facilitate the CABG. A coronary artery endarterectomy is not always performed during a CABG procedure, so when it is performed it becomes confusing as to whether to code it separately or not.

Part 5: Reasons for AKI Denials and Prevention | AKI Series

Part 5: Reasons for AKI Denials and Prevention | AKI Series

Why are so many AKI records being denied? It’s hard to give one answer for why so many AKI records are being denied lately, but most appear to be due to the multiple sets of criteria available for use in determining if a patient has AKI, as well as physician documentation. As stated in Part 3 of this series, there are three main criteria/classifications used to diagnose AKI.

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

Part 1:  New 2021 CPT Codes | Integumentary System

Part 1: New 2021 CPT Codes | Integumentary System

This is Part 1 of a five part series on the new 2021 CPT codes.  In this series we will explore the CPT changes for FY2021 and include examples to help the coder understand the new codes.  For 2021 in general, there were 199 new CPT codes added, 54 deleted and 69 revised.

2020: Year in Review | Coding Education

2020: Year in Review | Coding Education

In January, new CPT codes were released.  There were 248 new CPT codes added, 71 deleted and 75 revised.  Most of the surgery section changes were in the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular subsections. These included procedures such as skin grafting, breast biopsies, deep drug delivery systems, tricuspid valve repairs, aortic grafts and repair of iliac artery.

Coding Tip:  New COVID-19 Codes Effective January 1, 2021

Coding Tip: New COVID-19 Codes Effective January 1, 2021

We have seen many updates and changes to COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) since the pandemic started. On January 1, 2021 we will see even more changes as outlined in this post. Also the CMS MS-DRG grouper will be updated to version 38.1 to accommodate the changes.

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: Reporting “Flash” Pulmonary Edema

Coding Tip: Reporting “Flash” Pulmonary Edema

Acute pulmonary edema is the rapid accumulation of fluid within the tissue and space around the air sacs of the lung (lung interstitium). When this fluid collects in the air sacs in the lungs it is difficult to breathe. Acute pulmonary edema occurs suddenly and is life threatening.

Coding Tip: Endarterectomy During Coronary Artery Bypass

Coding Tip: Endarterectomy During Coronary Artery Bypass

Lately we have seen several cases where the endarterectomy was assigned along with the coronary artery bypass (CABG) procedure when being performed on the same vessel to facilitate the CABG. A coronary artery endarterectomy is not always performed during a CABG procedure, so when it is performed it becomes confusing as to whether to code it separately or not.

Part 5: Reasons for AKI Denials and Prevention | AKI Series

Part 5: Reasons for AKI Denials and Prevention | AKI Series

Why are so many AKI records being denied? It’s hard to give one answer for why so many AKI records are being denied lately, but most appear to be due to the multiple sets of criteria available for use in determining if a patient has AKI, as well as physician documentation. As stated in Part 3 of this series, there are three main criteria/classifications used to diagnose AKI.

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

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

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