Health Information Management

Trivia winner

JustCoding News: Inpatient, March 17, 2010

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Denise Reese, a coder at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS. Denise was the first person to correctly answer this question:
Which ICD-9-CM procedure code should you report for the creation of a conduit between the right ventricle and pulmonary artery?

a. 35.91
b. 35.92
c. 35.93
d. 35.94

Answer: 35.92

Here’s a little bit about Denise:

What are your current job responsibilities?
I’m responsible for coding a variety of outpatient diagnostic records. I also work collaboratively with the patient account department to ensure accurate billing and resolution of claim denials and medical necessity issues on these outpatient records.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in health information management?
My cousin and mentor Cynthia Taylor, RHIA, of Jackson, MS, introduce me to HIM and becoming a professional coder. I could see from the beginning how coding would be a challenging career that would be evolving all the time.

What do you like most about your job?
All the different things I get to learn on daily basis.

What is your favorite area of coding?
Radiology, behavioral health, oncology

What is your least favorite area of coding?
Wound care

What are some of your hobbies?
Reading and watching movies

Do you have a personal motto that you live by?
Be positive—be progressive.

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