Breathe Easy – Tips on Coding & Documentation for Respiratory Diagnoses & Services

As we learn more about the application of ICD-10 codes, the guidelines created to assist in correct coding can still be seen as confusing to some. This webinar will offer simple strategies for assigning codes for these troublesome and ever changing coding areas of respiratory conditions and the treatment of those conditions, such as mechanical ventilation. Various coding scenarios will be reviewed.

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Learning outcomes

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

  • Understand the application of the coding guidelines and tabular notes related to the coding of acute on chronic respiratory conditions including respiratory failure.
  • Be familiar with a methodology to determine how and when to assign codes related to mechanical ventilation.


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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