Basic Analysis Tool Kit to Balance the Impact of Documentation on PCS Productivity

This webinar will focus on some of the top documentation issues for PCS that will affect coding specificity, the review process, and communication with providers to obtain procedure details. We will cover productivity or process issues concerning the following: How coders review the operative/invasive procedure documentation with an eye towards PCS; Examine the extensive code categories that sometimes include multiple components to completely describe a procedure; Review the increased numbers of procedure codes required to identify multiple explicit objectives for a procedure; Differentiated and detailed anatomy required for PCS coding accurary to prevent claim denials; Explicit procedural choices that differentiate approaches and detailed devices; Appropriate communication to obtain the details needed to code PCS comliantly.

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Original presentation date

February 25, 2016

Viewing the recording does not constitute eligibility to receive a CE. Only attendees of the live event are eligible to receive a CE Certificate.

Learning objectives

By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Pinpoint top procedures performed and develop pertinent education and metrics for managing change
  • Understand the coder data collection process needed to efficiently assign PCS characters and codes while maintaining productivity
  • Demonstrate an understanding of PCS tables and hot to abstract and assign appropriate character components for “Code Building”
  • Identify sources of information within the health record that contain PCS coding details, such as Device and implant information


Deborah Gardner-Brown, RHIT, CCS, C-CDI, CI-CDI, CDIP, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer/Ambassador
Deborah Gardner-Brown is the founder and President of Reimbursement Review Associates, Inc. She holds the credentials of RHIT, CCS, as well as the new Clinical Documentation Improvement Professional (CDIP) credential from The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and Certified in Clinical Documentation Integrity (C-CDI), Certified Instructor- Clinical Documentation Integrity (CI-CDI) from the AIHCS.

Ms. Brown has more than 28 years’ experience in both hospital and professional coding and reimbursement management. She has held positions as director, administrator, and consultant in both acute care and outpatient health care settings. Ms. Brown’s expertise includes CDIP implementation, support, and design. Most recently she has developed an education program to incorporate severity APR-DRG’s into a hospital’s clinical documentation improvement program. Ms. Brown provides APG, APC and MS-DRG validation for coding compliance in both the acute care and outpatient settings. She is also an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Ms. Brown is the founder of the NJ ACDIS state chapter association, and a member of AHIMA, NJHIMA, HCCA, AAPC, NJACDIS, AIHCD, and ACDIS.

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