Health Information Management

Trivia winner

JustCoding News: Outpatient, April 7, 2010

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Penny Neece, CPC, PCS, a certified coder in the billing department at Borgess Brain & Spine Institute in Kalamazoo, MI. Penny was the first person to correctly answer this question:

Which physical status modifier should you report to indicate anesthesia services for a patient with a severe systemic disease that is a constant threat to life?

a. -P2
b. -P3
c. -P4
d. -P5

Answer: -P4

Here’s a little bit about Penny:

What are your current job responsibilities?
I help to ensure that code selection is accurate for all inpatient and outpatient charges performed by our neurosurgeons and neuro-interventional radiologists, and then I post those charges to be billed. I also provide education for the physicians on a quarterly basis; more frequently if the need arises. I also perform random audits to ensure that we are maintaining compliance.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in health information management?
I decided to pursue a career in health information management because I was looking for something different and needed more of a challenge. At the time I was working in an OB office as a medical assistant and needed something more.

What do you like most about your job?
What I love most about my job is working with the physicians. I learn just as much from them as they learn from me, and it is very rewarding to see the changes they make based on the education that I have provided to them. It also helps because we have a mutual respect, and they come to me with questions, making me feel valued.

What is your favorite area of coding?
My favorite area of coding is evaluation and management. I feel that is the area that I excel in, and having been a physician auditor previously, that is really where my passion lies. I also love educating others and sharing my knowledge.

What is your least favorite area of coding?
My least favorite area of coding would have to be cardiology. It is very complex, and I don’t have the need for it very often so this is an area that I do not have much knowledge in.

What are some of your hobbies?
My hobbies involve anything to do with my kids. I have two daughters who recently moved out of the house and live out of state. One is in the military. I frequently send them care packages. I also enjoy spending quality time with family, being outdoors, drag racing, and stock car racing.

Do you have a personal motto that you live by?
I really don’t have a personal motto that I live by, but I do love quotes. One of my favorites is: “The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.” I feel that people learn and respect more by what you do, not by what you say.

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