Pictured left to right: Marianne Garfi, RHIA, CCS-P, MaHIMA Awards Chair; Danielle Roy, 2018 Student Achievement Award Winner; Diana Skarbek, MHA, RHIA, CCS, Director, Health Information Programs, Fisher College; Hertencia Bowe, M.S., Assistant Professor, Health Information Management, Fisher College; Jackie Judd, CCS, MaHIMA Director of Communications

Fisher College Meet & Greet
By Jackie Judd, Director of Communications

Members of the Communications Committee visited Fisher […]

April 17th, 2018|Student Activities|

STUDENT PROFILE: Phiona H. Nangendo

Phiona H. Nangendo

Phiona is a student at Fisher College, graduating in August 2019 with her Associate’s Degree in Health Information Technology.

We asked Phiona how she learned about HIM?

“I needed to make a career change and I felt the healthcare field would be my best choice. However, my passion is not in direct patient care. The only field I knew about […]

April 17th, 2018|Student Profile|


Carine Noel

Carine is a student at Fisher College, pursuing a certificate in Medical Coding. She plans to graduate in May 2018.

We asked Carine what drew her to HIM as an area of study and as a future career? 

“I have been working as a Medical Assistant for the past 20 years, and Medical Billing was always in the back of […]

April 17th, 2018|Student Profile|


Tell Your Story (and Advance Your Career) with a Professional Portfolio

Sometimes, it’s difficult to toot your own horn. You know that throughout your career you have done great things and compiled a variety of impressive accomplishments. However, you really don’t want to come off as a braggart or boaster.  So, you simply choose to stay quiet – and keep […]

April 3rd, 2018|Vendor Contribution|

MEET THE SPEAKER: Jon Elion, MD, Founder and CEO Chartwise

Health Information Management, Innovation and Leadership in the Modern Era

By Jon Elion, MD, Founder and CEO Chartwise 

The rapid changes in Healthcare Information Technology present many new challenges to the HIM professional.  We are faced with an onslaught of technology advances to understand and apply, while finding ourselves drowning in data, yet thirsty for knowledge.  My keynote presentation at the […]


Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: Why Should HIM Care?

By Susan H. Fenton, PhD, RHIA, CPHI, FAHIMA

It seems like every week brings a new newspaper article, journal article, or press release related to the expected impact of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) in health care.  On March 22, 2018, Daniel Faggella, writing for the website (, enumerated […]


Sandy Macica, MS, RHIA, CCS

Sandy Macica is Director of Educational Content for Libman Education. Sandy plays a critical role in ensuring the relevance and quality of online courses to maintain Libman Education’s commitment to provide timely and accurate information to our customers. 

Sandy brings a diversity of experience to the development of online education for hospital coders. Believing that coding […]

March 20th, 2018|Meet The Speaker|

CODING TIP: Sick Sinus Syndrome

Sick Sinus Syndrome
By Cathie Wilde, RHIA, CCS – Director of Coding Services, Medical Record Associates, LLC

Here are some common coding situations which have Coding Clinic references but for which are often missed:


If a patient has a pacemaker in place for sick sinus syndrome (SSS), should the SSS (I49.5) be coded because it is being treated with the pacemaker?

If there is […]

March 20th, 2018|Coding|


5 Benefits of Year-Round HCC Charge Capture

Let’s face it, risk season is chaotic. From July to December, sometimes even into January, everyone is scrambling to find quality coders with the unique qualifications needed to effectively code for risk adjustment (RA) and hierarchical condition categories (HCC). If you are lucky enough to find coders, you still have the stress of […]


Code Assignment For Uremic Encephalopathy
Irene Fung, RN,  CCS,  AHIMA Approved ICD-10 CM/PCS Trainer
Manager QA/Education
Clinical Documentation Coding Integrity
Boston Medical Center

Per Coding Clinic response to query, Unspecified encephalopathy due to other conditions is classified to G94, Other disorders of brain in diseases classified elsewhere, and unless the condition is specifically documented as (toxic) metabolic encephalopathy, you would not assign code G93.41 […]

March 6th, 2018|Coding|