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  • Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan

    by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA rebeccaharmon@comcast.net  I love this time of year! Cooler nights, blueberry season and choruses of locusts prepare us for the transition to Autumn, but I’m actually referring to the appearance of office supplies in stores. There’s nothingMore »

  • Why HIM Professionals Should Consider Multiple Credentials

      by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA rebeccaharmon@comcast.net  If you are a new HIM professional, graduating and passing the RHIT or RHIA exam feels like quite an accomplishment – and you’re right. And so if you’ve just earned your RHIA or RHIT,More »

  • Prepping for your Exam: Beyond the Books

    by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA rebeccaharmon@comcast.net  You’ve put a lot into preparing for this point in time – your certification exam. You worked hard, studied harder and devoted time and money to move yourself and your career to the next level.More »

  • What you Need to Know Before Taking the CCS Exam

      by Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P Senior Associate at Barry Libman Inc. and Libman Education The CCS exam tests your acute hospital inpatient and outpatient coding skills.  The CCS credential demonstrates mastery level coding skills and is not forMore »

  • Why is the CCS Exam so Difficult?

      by Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P Senior Associate at Barry Libman Inc. and Libman Education The CCS credential is a mastery-level credential and not for the novice coder. Candidates for the credential who do not have considerable hands-on experienceMore »

  • CCS versus CCA – Which Credential is Right for Me?

    by Pamela J. Haney, MS, RHIA, CCS, CPC-H Director of Training and Education for Libman Education Phaney@LibmanEducation.com Healthcare is rapidly changing with increased pressure for accurate reimbursement, regulatory scrutiny for compliant claims, and the impact of ICD-10 implementation.  Increasing numbersMore »

  • But I went to school for CODING! Tips for Jump-Starting your Career

      by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA rebeccaharmon@comcast.net   You don’t have to look far to find online discussions about the shortage of coding jobs open to new graduates. It doesn’t seem to make sense – especially with all the concern aroundMore »

  • The Elusive Body Part Key

    by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA The body part key is a translation table found within the ICD-10-PCS code set.  It provides the body part name in the PCS table that is associated with a very specific or unusualMore »

  • ICD-10-PCS Root Operations: the Power of the Groups

    by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA I love ICD-10-PCS!  ICD-10-PCS is a beautiful classification system, logical and robust.  But I know from years of teaching ICD-10-PCS that it can be challenging to learn. I’ve heard coding managers say “IMore »

  • Time to Stand up and Cheer for ICD-10

        by Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P I believe ICD-10 needs a Public Relations firm.  The negative buzz around implementation of ICD-10 is not being counteracted adequately by those who should be standing up for the need forMore »

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