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Education & Insights from ACDIS 2018

There is no doubt, attendees of last week’s ACDIS 2018 conference will be speaking about it for months to come. The conference was comprised of over 90 speakers including physicians, registered nurses, health information management (HIM) administrators, certified clinical documentation specialists (CDIS) and certified documentation improvement practitioners (CDMP) to name a few. The tracks included something for everyone: Clinical & Coding, Management & Leadership, Quality & Regulatory, Expansion & Innovation, Outpatient and Pediatric. Needless to say, the educational opportunities were vast and it would be nearly impossible to share them all.

Topics: Health Information Management, HIM, CDI, Education

Don’t Be Leery of the Physician Query – 12 Tips to Ensure Your Queries Work

According to AHIMA, a query can be a powerful communication tool used to clarify documentation in the health record and achieve accurate code assignments. Querying has become a common communication and educational tool for clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and coding departments. An effective query process aids the hospital’s compliance with billing/coding rules and serves as an educational tool for providers, CDI professionals, and coding professionals.

Topics: Quality, CDI, ICD-10, Coding, Education, HIM

CAN YOU CREATE AN INVINCIBLE MEDICAL CODING PROGRAM?

The importance of accuracy and compliance in today's coding environment cannot be overstated. High-quality coding is always a priority – but is there a way to make coding impervious to challenges? Unfortunately, the answer is “NO.”  There is no magic wand that can be waived, spell that can be cast, or cape that you can use to ensure your coding program is invincible.  The fact of the matter is that no two medical records are documented in the same manner and most coding clinics can be interpreted differently.

Topics: Education, Coding, Audit

Podcast: Social Media Tips for HIM Professionals

With more than 17,000 Twitter followers and 30,000 LinkedIn connections, himagine's own Brad Justus knows a thing or two about social media. In this podcast, he shares how he got started with social media and what he has learned about social media through the years:

Topics: podcast, HIM, Education

Help Your Chapter Succeed in Providing Education

Congratulations! You’ve been elected as a local chapter officer … now what?

If you are a first-time local chapter officer, you may not know where to start to make your tenure the best it can be. Let’s shed some light on officer expectations and how to best connect with your local chapter’s educational needs.

Topics: Education

ICD-10 QUICK TIPS: Encoders: Friend or Foe?

As the largest outsource coding provider in the country we have identified trends and gained unique insights from our coders throughout the transition to ICD-10.  We are sharing these insights with the broader HIM Community through our bi-weekly blog series "ICD-10 Quick Tips." 

Topics: Education

ICD-10 QUICK TIPS: Addressing The Need For Increased Specificity


As the largest outsource coding provider in the country we have identified trends and gained unique insights from our coders throughout the transition to ICD-10. We are sharing these insights with the broader HIM Community through our bi-weekly blog series "ICD-10 Quick Tips." 

Topics: Education

6 Tips for Surviving the First Days of ICD-10

Posted by Jeff Lewis

Imagining the first few days of ICD-10 might feel much like encountering a great white shark in the shallow waters of your favorite beach.  One minute you are enjoying the calm water and cool breeze and the next thing you know, panic sets in as you notice the man-eating killer lurking closer than you would like.  Naturally with this panic comes a lot of screaming, splashing and commotion drawing the shark’s attention toward your direction.  With only days to go until the implementation of ICD-10, this is definitely not the comparison we would like.

Topics: Education

Coding Credentials That Lead to Success: How 3 Little Letters Lead To Big Results

Posted by Jeff Lewis

Whether you are new to medical coding or have been around the block a time or two it’s never too late to add a new coding certification to your tool box.  Obtaining a coding credential is an investment in yourself and your career with long-term benefits.  When you’ve passed a certification exam, it demonstrates to your current and future employers that you have a high level of coding knowledge and are proficient in your field.  In addition you can:

Topics: Education

8 Steps To Take Now That ICD-10 Is Closer Than Ever Before

Topics: Education