Editor's note: The following scenario is provided by Laurie A. Rinehart-Thompson, JD, RHIA, CHP, assistant professor of clinical allied medicine in the School of Allied Medical Professions at Ohio State University in Columbus. Present the scenario portion to your HIM staff to see how they would handle the issue.
Coders need to code. This much you know. But with the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS occurring perhaps as soon as October 1, 2014, they'll need to know a bit more than just raw coding. Now is a good time to review and update current coding descriptions, procedures, and job titles to streamline and reengineer your coding team's work flow, says Luisa DiIeso, RHIA, MS, CCS.