Health Information Management

Trivia winner

JustCoding News: Outpatient, January 13, 2010

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Danette Denny, RHIT, director of HIMS at Spencer Hospital in Spencer, IA. Danette was the first person to correctly answer this question:

What HCPCS modifier should you use to indicate locum tenens MD service?
a. -LT
b. -Q1
c. -Q6
d. -Q9

Answer: -Q6

Here’s a little bit about Danette:

What are your current job responsibilities?
As the director of the HIM department, my responsibilities include planning, organizing, and directing the following HIMS functions: Coding, transcription, release of information, obtaining medical staff privileges, and scanning. I also work with patient accounts to decrease days in accounts receivable and improve revenue cycle.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in health information management?
After completing one year in an information technology (IT) program, I decided that it was not a field that would allow me the family time and flexibility that I needed. Looking at my options, health information management was a field in which I could utilize my IT knowledge, work in healthcare, and be able to continue to make my family the top priority.

What do you like most about your job?
The ability to be involved in healthcare without having a direct clinical position.

What is your favorite area of coding?
Inpatient because these medical cases are the most involved and the most interesting.

What is your least favorite area of coding?

What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy camping, boating, and playing board games.

Do you have a personal motto that you live by?
"Life isn't the way it's supposed to be, it's the way it is. It's how you deal with it that makes the difference."

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