The Coding Section at the Department of Veterans Affairs located in Jackson, MS recently celebrated HIT week. The section consists of 19 employees. The current staff consists of 10 RHITs (4 with CCS, 1 with CPC-H), 2 RHIAs (1 with CCS), 1 CPC and 1 CCA assigned as 5
inpatient coders, 2 ambulatory surgery coders, 9 outpatient coders, 1 lead medical records technician, and 1 coding compliance validator along with the supervisory medical records administrator.
The mission of the Coding Section is to provide administrative support to the care of our nation’s heroes. Those who have served in the Armed Forces and endured harsh conditions protected us from danger and now need support to maintain for the rest of their lives. Workload produced includes over 120,000 outpatient visits, 6600 inpatient discharges, and approximately 3600 ambulatory surgery visits per year. The electronic health record system, CPRS (Computerized Patient Record System) has been implemented over 10 years.
To celebrate HIT Week, employees started out with a breakfast, continued with a health information Bingo game, prepared a Mexican taco fiesta, and went to the Jackson Hilton for lunch on Wednesday as a group. Cake and punch were served on Thursday with door prize drawings to the Revenue Operations Staff. The celebration included the facility’s Compliance Officer, Ms. Brenda Gipson and Dr. Rajesh Bhagat, Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Director. Both of these individuals have assisted and provided the Coding Section with guidance and knowledge to assist with documentation improvement for accurate coding assignment.
The Coding Section thanks University of Mississippi Medical Center-SHRP-Health Informatics and Information Management Program, Hinds Community College-School of Allied Health-Health Information Technology Program, and Antonelli College-Medical Billing and Coding Program for the do nation of our awesome door prizes that blessed many of our fellow co-workers! Big thanks to Antonelli College for three complimentary one-hour massages. We definitely raised the awareness of our profession during this week and inspired others to be a part of our stimulating and enthusiastic profession.