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Claire Dixon-Lee, PhD, RHIA, CPH, FAHIMA, is executive director, CAHIIM. She is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, School of Public Health and a past-president of AHIMA.

Perry Ellie, MA, RHIA,  FAHIMA, is president of H.I.M. Recruiters, a past member to the AHIMA Board of Directors (BOD), a past-president of Florida HIMA and a current member of St. Petersburg College HIM Program Advisory Board.

Brenda J. Hurley, CMT, AHDI-F, is an independent consultant specializing in compliance.  Hurley served on the AHDI Board of Directors for a total of 12 years, and as its President in 1988 and in 1995. For more than a decade, she served as the chair of ASTM E31.15, Health Information Capture and Documentation, and is also a past secretary of the E31 Healthcare Informatics Executive Committee; ASTM is an international organization established to develop industry-related standards.

Glenn Krauss, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, FCS, PCS, CCDS, C-CDI, is an independent revenue cycle consultant in Madison, Wisc.,and author of The Documentation Improvement Guide to Physican E/M. He also has extensive experience in teaching physiology, surgical procedures, the rationale of therapeutic treatments with ICD-9-CM and CPT coding, and complex medical and billing issues to help with both quality issues and reimbursement.

Elaine O'Bleness, MBA, RHIA, CHP, CPHQ, is a revenue cycle executive for Cerner Corp., Kansas City, Mo. She is also an adjunct professor at Regis University, Denver, where she teaches coding and health care reimbursement.

Daniel J. Pothen, MS, RHIA, CPHIMS, is executive director, revenue cycle & clinical informatics at Mission Hospital, St. Joseph Health, Mission Viejo, Calif. He has previously held positions as director of HIM, coding manager, regulatory consultant at a large accounting firm and database administrator.

Valerie J. M. Watzlaf, PhD, FAHIMA, RHIA, is an associate professor, department of Health Information Management at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She was awarded the 2001 Research Award from AHIMA.


Can you please direct to a good resource for breast surgeries involving ryan advancement flap?


Beverly Graham,  Coder,  VAApril 09, 2013
apo, AE

If you do a Google search for coding bunionectomies, several resources will come up that should be helpful.

Lisa Brzezicki,  Editor,  ADVANCEMarch 09, 2012

st anthony had a HCPCs report in 1992 regarding all bunionectomies and descriptions and cpt coding. Do they have any new versions? Is there somewhere i can find current articles on bunionectomies?

joann webber,  rhit,  henry ford March 09, 2012
clinton twp, MI


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