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Emergency Room Coding will prepare you for the real world of coding in the emergency department setting. The text provides the beginning coder with a solid foundation of how to code ER charts. We focus on the diagnoses and procedures seen in the majority of community-based hospitals. The scenarios in this book are based on real life experiences and will provide the coder with situations s/he will most likely encounter in the emergency room coding environment. The study guide contains 32 emergency room records. The case studies are representative of what is commonly treated in most emergency rooms. Each case study contains an ER report and an answer worksheet. The ER record serves as a good teaching tool for new coders because ER records do not require as much clinical background to code as inpatient records. However, some of the injury cases may present a challenge for new coders. Also, unlike most coding textbooks, this study guide contains a complete ER report with a full explanation, not just thumbnail sketches. Therefore, Emergency Room Coding is more realistic than the one-to-two line diagnostic statements encountered in most coding textbooks. Finally, the Answer Key for the case studies contains a rationale for all code assignments, as well as directions for locating the correct diagnostic and procedure codes. A multiple choice final review quiz is included at the end of this study guide as an opportunity for coders to test their coding skill set. Emergency Room Coding is updated annually to reflect the annual coding changes. Who is this book for? Coders needing to develop ER coding skills Students/Beginning coders trying to get their first job Anyone needing to understand ER code assignment Coding supervisors HIM Directors Auditors/Compliance Officers Case Managers What's Inside? 32 Case Studies Dictated ER Reports Answer Key Rationale Instructions on how to locate codes in ICD-9 Coding Book Final Exam Linda Kobayashi, BA, RHIT, CCS, has been a coder and coding manager for almost 20 years. Since 1998, Ms. Kobayashi has owned and operated Codebusters, Inc., a nationwide coding consulting company. Widely regarded as a medical coding and auditing expert, she has conducted workshops on a variety of coding topics, including CCS Exam preparation workshops. Throughout her career the author has remained professionally active, as an AHIMA member as well as a member of her state association, CHIA (California health Information Association). Her formal training includes a teaching credential from California State University Los Angeles, a B.A. degree in English Literature from University of California Los Angeles, an RHIT from AHIMA after completing the RHIT program at East Los Angeles College, and a CCS certificate from AHIMA. Extensive experience as a hands-on coder, auditor and educator, and has given the author the expertise to help coders prepare for the professional coding environment.