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January 2012


CPHIMA President’s Message
Kristine Lucabaugh, RHIA, CSTR

Today is Monday, January 16, 2012….............and there are only 623 days left until the BIG day; are you ready?!
It is hard to believe, but diagnostic coding was actually born during the seventeenth-century in Great Britain. It was known then as the London Bills of Mortality.  “The London Bills of Mortality were the main source of mortality statistics, designed to monitor deaths from the plague from the 17th century-1830s. They were used mainly as a way of warning about plague epidemics.”
An approved standardized system for classifying deaths was then adopted by the International Statistical Institute in 1893. Jacque Bertillon, a well-known Paris statistician prepared the standardized list for the Institute. The list was known as the Bertillon Classification, and by 1900, the Bertillon Classification had been implemented in 26 countries. Twenty-eight years later, the Health Organization of the League of Nation met to discuss how the Bertillon Classification could be further expanded to track disease processes and sponsored a study as a result.  By 1949, it became increasingly apparent that a diagnostic system was needed on a more global level in tracking patient mortality and disease causes.  The World Health Organization (WHO) took on the task and is responsible for the development and implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, Injuries and Causes of Death (ICD).  This classification has served as the foundation for current day practices of medical coding.  Today, medical coding in the United States is based on the following coding systems:

  1. Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
  2. Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)
  3. International Classification of Diseases (ICD)
“Historically, all of our lives have been affected in one way or another by the use of coded medical information. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has set a target date of October 1, 2013, for full execution of ICD-10.” 
CPHIMA and PHIMA are committed to providing its’ membership with as much education as possible in preparing for the “BIG ONE” over the next 623 days. 
Pennsylvania will be ready!!

Landers, John. “The History of Medical Coding” (n.d.) Retrieved January 13, 2012.
Bills of Mortality. (2011, October 17). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:26, January 13, 2012, from

Please See the Upcoming Educational Opportunities for ICD-10-CM Preparations!!

  • Anatomy and Physiology Refresher for ICD-10-CM/PCS Audio Conference Series

    PHIMA would like to begin your ICD-10 education with an anatomy and physiology refresher class. The goal of this class is to review anatomy and basic physiology that may be utilized in ICD-10 coding.

    These audio conferences will be offered monthly as a Lunch ‘N Learn beginning promptly at 12:15 PM and concluding promptly at 1:15 PM EDT.
  • Spring CPHIMA Educational Session
    Friday, March 16, 2012
    Select Medical Corporation, in Mechanicsburg, PA

  • 74th PHIMA Annual Meeting
    May 14-16, 2012
    Penn Stater Conference Center

  • Summer CPHIMA Educational Session
    Friday, June 15, 2012 
    Burle Industries-LGH, in Lancaster, PA

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Upcoming Events

Anatomy and Physiology Refresher for ICD-10-CM/PCS
Audio Conference Series

ICD-10 Webinar Series:
ICD-10 PCS Root Operations Part I

January 20, 2012

Coding Roundtable Lunch and Learn
January 24, 2012
Suburban Outpatient Pavilion
Lancaster, PA

CDI Symposium
February 3, 2012

York, PA

ICD-10 Webinar Series:
ICD-10 PCS Root Operations Part II

February 24, 2012

Spring Educational Session
Friday, March 16, 2012
Select Medical Corp.
Mechanicsburg, PA

2012 PHIMA Annual Meeting
May 14-16, 2012
Penn Stater Conference Center

Summer Educational Session
Friday, June 15, 2012
Burle Industries-LGH
Lancaster, PA

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