Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Parkinson’s
Jennifer Thibodeaux, RHIA
Discussion on the causes, types, symptoms, treatments, codes and coding clinics
Our Mental Health Matters
Katherine Andersen, RHIT, CCS, CAH-BCS
Queries: Coding’s Secret Superpower
Amanda Recker, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P
Queries are a powerful coding tool. They can have such a huge impact! A query can affect much more than the codes that will appear on a claim. A query can affect a hospital’s quality ranking, how insurance will pay a claim, diagnosis the patient has going forward, and even information that will be sent with the patient for a record request on a follow up visit. A query can also have more hidden effects such as changing physician perspective of a coder or the entire coding department, opening up lines of communication, and creating a sense of ‘we’ across departmental lines. Queries are often viewed as intimidating and unpleasant, and today I want to discuss why those opinions couldn’t be further from the truth.