Matters of the Heart: ICD-10-CM/PCS coding of hypertension and circulatory procedures

Over the last few months there were diagnosis and procedure guideline changes that impacted the coding of the diagnosis of hypertension and circulatory coding issues such as bypass grafts and advancement in technology for heart and vessel procedures. This webinar will offer simple strategies for assigning codes for these troublesome and ever changing coding areas.

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Learning outcomes:

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

  • Gain an understanding of how to apply the coding guideline related to the classification’s presumptive causal relationship between hypertension and heart involvement and between hypertension and kidney involvement.
  • Be familiar with some advances in technology with regard to the coding of stenting, atherectomy, and implanted devices.
  • Be familiar with various bypass grafts techniques and the codes to describe them.


Sandra L. Macica, MS, RHIA

Sandy serves as the Coding Content Manager for the Revenue Cycle and Compliance segment of Elsevier. In her role, Sandy works to ensure that Elsevier’s coding lessons are relevant, accurate and up-to-date with the latest coding guidelines.

In her over 25 years of experience Sandy has held positions as supervisor, director, manager, and consultant in both acute care and outpatient health care settings. She has also been as a clinical practicum instructor and as adjunct faculty in a Health Information Technology program instructing students in coding, medical terminology, and pathophysiology.

Sandy is a member of AHIMA and NYHIMA as well as a Past-President of the New York Health Information Management Association (NYHIMA).

Sandy earned a Master of Science degree in Health Service Administration from Russell Sage College in Albany, NY, a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management from the SUNY College of Technology in Utica, NY (now SUNY Polytechnic Institute), and an Associate degree in Health Information Technology from Alfred State College. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS trainer.

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