Handbook content reflects revisions of the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting as well as AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS content published through May 2018. The handbook s format and style of presentation follows that of previous editions inspired by the Faye Brown approach to coding instruction. The text leads students to logical answers and provides primary supporting sources. This logical approach has enabled the Handbook to become the most popular textbook for hospital and physician office coder training.
More than 50 four-color illustrations of anatomy and common disorders and procedures make it easier for readers to remember and absorb complex information. The 2019 edition features new artwork to clarify spinal fusion surgeries and aneurysm procedures.
Exercise questions and answers are presented in clear, technically correct language that progresses from easy to more difficult. Exercise answers in the case summaries list assigned and appropriately sequenced codes, followed by a comments section that explains how codes were assigned and why other codes were not assigned.
Each chapter includes an overview that highlights important points, as well as learning outcomes and terms to know features that help readers understand and absorb new information. A Remember… feature provides sidebar comments or facts that alert readers to special information or perspectives. Expanded indexes enhance the speed of finding and applying new information.
Scores of Exercises and Quizzes
The Handbook contains more than 200 updated in-chapter exercises, case examples, and final review questions. Appendix C contains a complete workbook of case-summary exercises for more advanced practice. The case-summary exercises are based on actual health records and require readers to consider the patient s condition as well as medical history, reason for admission or encounter, laboratory results, procedures performed, and the diagnoses listed. Readers must apply pertinent coding principles and official coding guidelines in making code assignments and designating the principal diagnosis and procedure for each episode of care.
Additional appendixes explaining reimbursement methodologies and present on admission indicators will be especially valuable to new students.
Supplemental training aids are available online to instructors of recognized health information management programs. Aids include PowerPoint slides (covering the key points of each chapter) and additional exercises for quizzes, tests, extra-credit work, and employee evaluations. Please visit AHACentralOffice.com and register under Educator Resources to receive these training materials.