Health Information Management

Trivia winner

JustCoding News: Outpatient, December 16, 2009

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Jenni Thompson, RHIT, ER outpatient coder and trauma registrar for Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, WI. Jenni was the first person to correctly answer this question:

What code should you report for Kahler’s disease in relapse?
a. 202.81
b. 203.01
c. 203.02
d. 204.02

Answer: 203.02

Here’s a little bit about Jenni:

What are your current job responsibilities?
I code ER and ancillary charts. I assign evaluation and management levels for the professional and facility codes and verify charges. I am also the trauma registrar.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in health information management?
I have always wanted to work in healthcare but without the patient contact, so I looked at the health information technology program and thought that it was what I wanted to do. Each day I learn something new and never get bored. Healthcare is ever-changing, and I like keeping up with the changes.

What do you like most about your job?
I have wanted to work at the hospital where I work since I was a little girl, and now I do. I feel that we have a great sense of family here, and that just feels good to work in that kind of environment.

What is your favorite area of coding?
I really like the E/M coding and the physician education. I have built great relationships and hope to continue to do so in the future.

What is your least favorite area of coding?
Gray areas.

What are some of your hobbies?
I have four children, ages 14, 11, and almost 3 (twins). I enjoy spending time with them, and when I have time I like to read a good book or catch up with old friends on Facebook.

Do you have a personal motto that you live by?
Life is precious and short; enjoy every minute of it.

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