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Editor's e-Note
Back in the day, plenty of caffeine seemed to be the prerequisite for a successful study session. Forget the ensuing jitters and uncalled for anxiety, it was imperative to pull an all-nighter if you had any hope of passing that trigonometry exam.

Let’s hope that’s not the strategy of coders lining up to take the CPC exam. A wiser move would be to read this month’s E-news Exclusive, which offers realistic and invaluable tips on how best to earn the grade you want.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
CPC Test-Taking Strategies
By Jacqueline Thelian, CPC, CPC-I, CHCA, CPMA

I am sure by now you have been diligently studying your coding manuals. So right now, you are the best you can be.

The examination is an open-book exam; therefore, you have all the answers! If you prepared your three Coding Manuals (CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS) properly, you will know where to look to find the answers.

Your coding manuals should be prepared in the following ways:

• Have key sections of the coding guidelines highlighted. Remember guidelines include Dos and Don’ts, so use different color highlighters to distinguish the difference.

• There are many blank pages in the books. Use them wisely. You can utilize blank pages by writing terminology, definitions, and acronyms you are not familiar with on these pages.

• Tabs may be inserted, taped, pasted, glued, or stapled into your coding books as long as the intent of the tab is to bookmark a page. Tabs or sticky notes may not contain any supplemental information.

• Notes handwritten directly in the manuals are permissible.

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Libman Education Announces Course on Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Coding
Libman Education has released “Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility: IRF-PAI and UB-04 Coding.” This one-hour, on-demand webinar is authored by Nirmala Sivakumar, CCS, CDIP, an experienced IRF coding educator. While both the IRF-PAI and UB-04 forms are used by inpatient rehabilitation facilities to report ICD-10-CM codes, there are several key differences. This webinar will help the IRF coder gain a clear understanding of IRF PPS guidelines and how ICD-10-CM coding conventions apply to the IRF setting. Learn more »

AHIMA Delivers EHR Training to Health Care Students
MEDITECH announces the extension of its relationship with Sisu Healthcare IT Solutions and AHIMA, as they provide access to digital training for 16,000 students in more than 300 colleges and universities using the Expanse EHR. MEDITECH Expanse will be offered as part of the AHIMA VLab—an online-based health information environment that features multiple software applications and corresponding lab lessons. The AHIMA VLab is centered around the idea of “practice meets theory,” with the end goal of ushering students seamlessly into the modern health care workforce. Implementing the MEDITECH Expanse platform will give students early exposure to the real-world EHR solutions used in their field every day. Expanse’s cloud-based solution provides instant access to users via a standard web browser. By adding the Expanse Ambulatory solution, AHIMA improves their curricula by enabling students to practice in a fully integrated care setting and demonstrate the effectiveness of a single EHR across a patient’s care continuum. Learn more »

University of Louisville to Launch Health Care Cybersecurity Curriculum
The University of Louisville will develop a curriculum to increase cybersecurity talent specifically focused on health care, thanks to $6 million in funding from the National Security Agency. The pilot phase of the Healthcare Cybersecurity Workforce Certificate initially will provide the training for 200 first responders and military veterans in accordance with the request for proposal. The certificate incorporates technology industry badging from Microsoft, IBM, and Google, as well as hands-on applied learning and gamification components. The University of Louisville will lead the curriculum development and pilot the online program through its Center for Digital Transformation, working with a coalition that includes three other institutions. Certificate program participants will complete the three-level certificate in only six months through online courses led by instructors from coalition institutions, gaining expertise in artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain, internet of things, machine learning and other areas. Once developed, the curriculum will be available to other institutions free of charge for one year. The first cohort of 30 to 40 students is expected to be enrolled in spring 2021. Learn more »
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New ICD-10 Codes Designated for Dravet Syndrome

In honor of Epilepsy Awareness Month, the Dravet Syndrome Foundation (DSF) is pleased to announce that the National Center for Health Statistics has designated specific ICD-10 codes for Dravet syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder. The designation of the ICD-10 codes resulted from a combined effort from DSF and their medical advisory board, made up of specialists in the field of Dravet syndrome. The new ICD-10 codes took effect on October 1.

Dedicated ICD-10 codes for Dravet syndrome will make it easier for the field to conduct epidemiologic research and retrospective studies, determine true prevalence and morbidity and mortality rates, recruit patients for clinical trials, track outcomes of clinical interventions, and develop protocols for standard of care. Until this point, Dravet syndrome was included in the ICD-10 code G40.8 Other epilepsy and recurrent seizures, which contained a broad group of epileptic disorders with different causes and treatment strategies that are not specific to Dravet syndrome.

“We truly appreciate the work of our Medical Advisory Board members who contributed their extensive expertise, as well as the other community stakeholders who supported DSF in applying for and receiving these ICD-10 codes,” says Mary Anne Meskis, executive director of DSF. “Having these unique codes will lead to improved clinical care for our patient community and will help health care professionals to better understand the lifelong impact of Dravet syndrome and associated health issues.”

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