Health Information Management

Trivia winner

JustCoding News: Inpatient, May 23, 2012

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Elizabeth Gonzalez, CPC, coding auditor specialist at Austin Regional Clinic in Austin, TX. Elizabeth was the first person to correctly answer this question:

What ICD-9-CM code should you report for an intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy in the lumbar region?

a. 722.70
b. 722.71
c. 722.72
d. 722.73

Answer: D, code 722.73

What are your current job responsibilities?
Coding auditor/compliance

Why did you decide to pursue a career in health information management?
When I was laid off from my last job, I attended school for two years, then obtained my CPC certification in 2011. But I have been coding for more than three years.

What do you like most about your job?
The group of people that I work with. Every person here will help you learn and understand coding. And the providers that I deal with are the best.

What is your favorite area of coding?
My favorite area of coding is the inpatient setting.

What is your least favorite area of coding?
My least favorite is cardiology.

What are some of your hobbies?
I like to cook, make Indian jewelry, and be outdoors.

Do you have a personal motto that you live by?
It is never too late to learn and grow.

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