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Jaime Sand Cultivated her Lecture Circuit in April

Jaime Sand, associate professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health in the School of Allied Health Sciences, has had a busy spring.

Sand presented a guest lecture, “Introduction to the International Classification of Diseases,” at Broadview University on April 6. This provided the medical assisting students with an introduction to medical coding, specifically the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-CM/PCS).  ICD-10-CM/PCS is the newest edition of the classification system and is set to be implemented October 1, 2015.

On April 9, Sand, along with Mark Siemon, assistant professor of the School of Nursing, presented “Teaching the Triple Aim of Healthcare Reform in Interprofessional and Nursing Education” at the Idaho Nurse Educator Conference at Boise State. They provided nurse educators with information on how Boise State University is using the online Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School to teach health profession students about the Triple Aim of health care reform including: “improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of health care.” Students enrolled in the Boise State College of Health Sciences Finishing Foundations (FF400) Interprofessional Health Education course use IHI Open School online modules to learn about health care quality, safety, and leadership. The course instructors then work with interprofessional teams of students to review and discuss case studies that focus on quality, safety, and transformation of the health care delivery system to improve population health.

Sand presented “ICD-10-CM/PCS: What does this mean for radiologic sciences?” at the Idaho Society of Radiologic Technologists Conference on April 17. This session looked at a brief history of the International Classification of Diseases, key differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS, and tips for documentation improvement. The 10th revision of the system focuses on specificity in code selection, raising concerns about the quality of detailed documentation in the medical record.

Also, on April 17, Sand presented “Coding Interventional Radiology” at the IdHIMA 51st Annual Spring Convention. Her presentation followed a lecture by a local interventional radiologist and focused on coding interventional radiology procedures using Current Procedural Terminology and ICD-10-PCS.