Author "Pam Haney"

By Pam Haney
Sep 30th, 2015
Comments Off on Accurate Documentation is Essential – Knowing When to Query your Providers
by Pamela J. Haney, MS, RHIA, COC, CIC, CCS ICD-10 is finally a reality. We have learned to code diagnoses with ICD-10-CM, mastered the root operations in ICD-10-PCS, and we are ready to put our new skills to work. Documentation challenges plagued us ...
By Pam Haney
Aug 4th, 2015
by Pamela J. Haney, MS, RHIA, COC, CIC, CCS Respiratory failure is a condition in which not enough oxygen passes from the lungs into the blood. The body’s organs, such as heart and brain, need oxygen-rich blood to work well. It can also occur if...
By Pam Haney
May 28th, 2015
Comments Off on Facility Discharge Status Codes – PACT Policy Update
Incorrect patient discharge status codes have been identified by the Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) as a contributor to hospital underpayments and overpayments. The solution is an understanding of the Medicare Post Acute Care Transfer (PACT) policy...
By Pam Haney
May 4th, 2015
One of the more challenging coding scenarios is the accurate coding of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and sepsis. Septicemia and Sepsis are often used interchangeably by physicians; however, they are not the same. Septicemia refers to ...
By Pam Haney
Mar 13th, 2015
Comments Off on Attention Coders! Why You Should Seek a Coding Certification
by Pamela J. Haney, MS, RHIA, COC, CIC, CCS You have spent considerable time and money studying classification systems, understanding medical record documentation, and practicing coding medical charts. When your studies are complete, you are anxious t...