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Learning to Code Injections and Infusions

by Angela Lehoux, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC

For facility reporting, whether an infusion or injection push is the initial or sequential service is based on the hierarchy: chemotherapy is the top of the hierarchy pyramid, followed by non-chemotherapy agents, followed by hydration. A sequential infusion is an … Read more

In a Coding Rut? Small Changes can Turn it Around

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA

You studied hard, graduated and sat for your credentials. You landed that awesome job and settled into your routine as a new coder, then became just one of the coders and are well on your way to becoming an experienced coder. You’ve reached the goals you set for yourself, have a great job and are making good money – so where is … Read more

Code 32551 vs Code 32557

by David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC

Code 32557 describes the placement of an indwelling catheter into the pleural space with imaging guidance for drainage of air (pneumothorax), fluid or infection, and covers this procedure. Code 32551 is for “OPEN”… Read more

Remembering the Father of ICD-10-PCS

by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA

Dr. Robert Mullin, “The Father of ICD-10-PCS,” passed away on January 20, 2017, almost 20 years after he shepherded a team of people that conceptualized our new procedure coding system. I’ve often been heard to say, as I teach, that the design team for ICD-10-PCS was inspired by … Read more

Social Media and Healthcare: Can the Two Coexist?

by Lisa A. Eramo, BA, MA, Freelance Healthcare Writer

Angela Carr, JD, partner at Barton Gilman, gave a very interesting presentation about the impact of social media on healthcare privacy and security. In particular, she said hospitals increasing rely on social media for the following purposes: Read more