Coding, Classification & Reimbursement

2019 self review booklet

sondra brassel, Masters Urban Studies and Planning,BS Interior Des04-03-2019 21:22

sondra brassel, Masters Urban Studies and Planning,BS Interior Des04-04-2019 10:41

Sara Bartlett, Health Service Administration,Psychology,CCS,CCS-P04-10-2019 09:05

Alba Kuqi, M.D,CDIP,CCS,Certified Clinical Documentation Spec04-18-2019 16:18

sondra brassel, Masters Urban Studies and Planning,BS Interior Des04-18-2019 20:27

Famey Lockwood, Master of Science Health Informatics,Bachelor of S04-22-2019 08:30

Deanna Peckham, CCS04-26-2019 12:12

  • 1.  2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-03-2019 21:22
    Edited by sondra brassel 04-04-2019 10:53
    Where can we print the 2019 CCA self review book?  Is it available yet?

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    sondra brassel
    Financial Manager/Patient Billing Specialist
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  • 2.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-04-2019 10:28
    It is available on ahima.org under the Certification tab, Candidate Guide

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    Carolyn Guyton-Ringbloom
    Sr. Director, Volunteer Leadership Development
    AHIMA
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  • 3.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-04-2019 10:41
    I didn't ask my question very well.  I meant the 2019 CCA self review print out but thank you for your response.
    ondra

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    sondra brassel
    Financial Manager/Patient Billing Specialist
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  • 4.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-04-2019 10:47
    Yes, along the same subject line, I'd like to know if there is an option to print the 2019 CCS Self-Review as well. Thank you!

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    Diane Peterson
    Cdi Technician
    St. Luke's Hospital
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  • 5.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-05-2019 01:19
    I was just at the ahima.org site and haven't seen any 2019 Self Review Booklets to print out yet.
    I would imagine they will be posted as soon as they're available. It's early in the month-patience! : ))

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    James Schumer
    CCS-P
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  • 6.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-05-2019 08:36
    First - Sondra, sorry if I misread your post.

    The self-reviews are being worked on now. Please look for them next week. You will be able to print out a copy for your review when available.  Thanks much.

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    Carolyn Guyton-Ringbloom
    Sr. Director, Volunteer Leadership Development
    AHIMA
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  • 7.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-05-2019 15:50
    Thank you for the update, Carolyn! : )

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    James Schumer
    CCS-P
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  • 8.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-09-2019 10:31
    Any update on the Review booklet?
    Thanks.

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    Janet Baucom, RHIA, CCS
    Director Him
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  • 9.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-09-2019 10:55
    You didn't misread it.  I edited it after I saw what I wrote originally.  Thank you for your information.

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    sondra brassel
    Financial Manager/Patient Billing Specialist
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  • 10.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 05-05-2019 18:10
    Hello Carolyn - This was my question too.  I have been looking all over AHIMA website to get a 2019 CCS Self-Review print out. Since I am not working as a coder, I don't have any 2019 coding books etc.  Would you help me understand what do I need to purchase for this Self-Review!  Do I need to buy books or ICD-10 online would be helpful.  I got my CCS certificate in April 2019, but didn't get a coding job, so have no books etc.
    Thank you VERY much to informing me the details about it.  Also is there a practice study guide which may help me realize what is important.  I believe I can buy or download new coding rules from the internet?  Thank you.

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    Shalini Srivastava
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  • 11.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 05-05-2019 18:11
    Yes, AHIMA has self-review.  How do I print it out?  I don't see any option.
    Is there a study guide to refresh it?

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    Shalini Srivastava
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  • 12.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 05-06-2019 21:35
    The right column under 2019 Self Reviews - click on the booklet you need.

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  • 13.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 05-07-2019 00:36
    Thanks for posting this, Laura!  I'm guessing that AHIMA put the link to the booklets here because it's completely non-intuitive and the very last place anyone would think to look for the booklets.  I mean, it would just be no fun at all to put the link to the self-review booklets under the heading "Self-Review."   Anyway, I never would have found this without your post so I am very appreciative.

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    Linda Holtzman, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P
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  • 14.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 05-08-2019 07:41
    Once you locate the 2019 Self Review in the AHIMA Website under recertification, right click on the document and Save as to your Desktop or Documents file.   It will save as a PDF document which when opened can then be printed.

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    Deborah Simmons, CCS, CCDS,CPC, CHISP
    Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
    HIM Sr. Consultant
    Jzanus Consulting, Inc
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  • 15.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-10-2019 09:05
    ​Hi Carolyn,
    The Candidate Guide does not have any links to the printable self-reviews. Are they somewhere else on the site?

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    Sara Bartlett
    Supervisor DRG/CCR Medical Coding
    MHSA,CCS,CCS-P
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  • 16.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-10-2019 13:15
    Sara, Sorry - I had misread Sondra's question, I thought she was looking for the candidate guide.  Yet, the 2018 self-reviews are on this page - http://www.ahima.org/certification/Recertification  so you can look there when the 2019 ones are available.

    Janet, I have not received information on the 2019 self-reviews as being available yet.  I would recommend checking under MyAHIMA, then Self-reviews later this week.  Thanks.



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    Carolyn Guyton-Ringbloom
    Sr. Director, Volunteer Leadership Development
    AHIMA
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  • 17.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-11-2019 08:55
    The CCS 2019 self review is available already.  The issue for me is, there is not a pdf booklet to print out.  Is the booklet what they are still working on?  Or am I not seeing where to find it?  Thanks so much for your help.

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    Jeannette Walling
    Coder
    Tri-State Memorial Hospital
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  • 18.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-12-2019 09:49
    I have been checking the following link occasionally for the 2019 Self Revie booklet (and it wasn't easy to find!):


    Look to the right of your screen.  Currently it only shows "2018 Coding Self Reviews" for CCA,CCS,CCS-P

    Hope this helps everyone!
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    Relax into not knowing -- and just be your natural self!





  • 19.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 05-05-2019 22:59
    useful resources, thanks for sharing

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    Neelam Sharma
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  • 20.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 05-05-2019 23:06
    Hello everyone! 

    I was able to use this link from what Sondra posted in the  comments. I changed for what I  needed (CCS and CCS-P).  See if this works for you. 







  • 21.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 05-06-2019 01:51
    Thank you for sharing a very useful link.

    I peeped to my Self-review and the first question was different.  So maybe this one is for practice.
    Not sure.

    Regards,
    Shalini

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    Shalini Srivastava
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  • 22.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 05-07-2019 09:17
    That booklet is for the CCA...

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    [Dorothy "Dotsy"] [Baxter] RHIA CCS
    [ICD-10-CM/PCS AHIMA Trainer Certificate holder]
    Haugen Consulting Group
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  • 23.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-11-2019 21:05
    I have called AHIMA customer relations and the 2019 ccs self exam is available to take but they told me that AHIMA has decided not to make the self review booklet available to print.  They do not want people to mail or fax in their test answers and want all answers to be submitted on line. Their solution to insure all online submission is to not post the exam booklet. I told them that we need the exam booklet with questions in order to effectively research the questions and find the correct answers.  The customer relations person told me to email the AHIMA certification department and customer relations and tell them we need the exam booklet as a pdf file to print and they may reverse their decision.  I encourage others to email them and express their disapproval of not having the exam booklet available. AHIMA could make the booklet available and remove the answer sheet so that there is no answer sheet to mail in.

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    Mary Lauterbach
    Medical Record Tech/Coder
    Prohealth Care
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  • 24.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-11-2019 23:03
    Mary,

    Thanks for the update and AHIMA's answer. This is terrible to hear! I just emailed AHIMA Customer Service about it. An AHIMA Moderator told me 3 years ago, "It is recommended that you complete your answers in the booklet ahead of time-with your Code Books out-researching carefully-and at your convenience-and then go to the CEU Center to submit your answers electronically." Trying to answer all 25 questions (and only 1 question is revealed at a time with no availability to save what you've answered) is a train wreck! I did that my first year. It took forever and I did very poorly on it. Plus, the AHIMA page will log you out if you're inactive (looking up questions). : (

    Everyone should contact AHIMA to encourage them to make the Booklets available as soon as possible.

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    James Schumer
    CCS-P
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  • 25.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-12-2019 07:59
    I just sent an email to customer relations.  Hopefully they will listen.  I just checked the self review and you definitely can't save your responses.  A different question popped up for the first question than the first time I looked.  Why did I pay for a premium membership?

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    sondra brassel
    Financial Manager/Patient Billing Specialist
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  • 26.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-12-2019 09:17
    ​I have sent an email also.

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    Virginia Howard
    Coding Specialist Iii
    St Anthony Hospital
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  • 27.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-12-2019 15:18
    I have sent an e-mail to Customer Service as well

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    Paula Klabunde
    Research Revenue Compliance Analyst
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  • 28.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-12-2019 15:44

    Me too!


    Thanks,


    Jeannette R. Walling BAS, RHIT, CCS  

    Health Information Management 

    Coder | Clinical Documentation Specialist

    Tri-State Memorial Hospital

    1221 Highland Ave | PO Box 189

    Clarkston, WA 99403

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  • 29.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-12-2019 15:59
    Fellow Members:

    VIP: Send emails to: certification@ahima.org rather than just Customer Service.


    AHIMA Customer Service replied back to me and gave me the same answer they gave Mary L. in the Thread above.
    They even encouraged me to contact certification@ahima.org with this concern!

    If enough of us do this, I'm sure they'll reconsider this and hopefully make a 2019 PDF of each Self Review for our respective Credential(s). On the Recertification page, only 2018 Self Review Booklets are posted. 



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    James Schumer
    CCS-P
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  • 30.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-12-2019 16:36

    Sending..

     

    Sharon Hekimian, RHIT CCS                                                                 

    HIM Coder

    PH #  781-453-5215

    HOME OFFICE  # 617-312-9205

    FAX # 781-453-5783 ATTN: SHARON

     

     






  • 31.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-12-2019 19:05
    I sent to certification@ahima.org

    I ordered the CCS Self Exam.  I cannot find the PDF link to the self review booklet.  Please let me know where I can locate this.  It is essential to have this for the Self Exam.  Your website "times out" when trying to look up answers during the exam and it does not save any progress already done.  So, it is impossible to complete the test without the PDF download.  Please help.

    Hope this helps others to know what to say....

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    Jeannette Walling
    Coder
    Tri-State Memorial Hospital
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  • 32.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-12-2019 16:17
    I sent an email as well.

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    Janet Mohlenhoff
    Clinical Professor
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  • 33.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-12-2019 17:40
    I have just submitted an email too!  I hope someone takes action and makes the booklet available.

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    Charissa Becker-Martinez, CCS-P
    Certified Coder/Abstractor
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  • 34.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-13-2019 06:05
    I just sent an email to certification@ahima.org and customer service. As an organization, I hope they listen. If no response, then we must escalate our concerns to the elected Board itself.

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    Robb Rogers RHIT, CCS
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  • 35.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-13-2019 06:19
    I also just sent a email to certification.

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    Kim Horton, RHIT, CCS, CPHQ
    Coding Analyst/Utilization Analyst
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  • 36.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-13-2019 23:31
    Here's my email.

    I just learned of AHIMA's new policy to not provide a printable copy of the CCS Self Review. This is a poor and very short-sighted decision.

    I work full time as an outpatient coder. I complete my Self Review a question or two at a time as my time and energy permits. Since I do not code all types of cases and do not use ICD10PCS, I often need to research the answers. Completing this Self Review can take me a few hours. By not providing me a printable option, this inconveniences me. In the past I printed the test out, completed it and then entered my answers online. I am asking that you allow your membership this option.

    In the past I have used this Self Review for what I think it was intended for--an educational opportunity to refresh my skills in areas that I do not use on a daily basis. It is my understanding this is pass/fail type of review. I tried to get each an every question answered properly as a professional challenge and would research areas that I did not know the answer. If I must take it in one setting with limited ability to research and educate myself, my goal will change from using as it as a learning experience to a task I simply must pass with a minimal score to maintain my certification.

    I hold both an RHIT and a CCS and have been a member of AHIMA since the day I registered in school. This is just one of the many recent decisions that AHIMA has made that I feel are not in best service model to the AHIMA membership.

    I am perplexed by the organization's actions, from the littlest of things like not mailing me an actual ertificate when I completed my RHIT and this inconvenience to the bigger things like the grading issue with the RHIT examinations and the extremely poor communication regarding the ongoing status of the RHIT.

    I ask you to review this decision and to provide a PDF version of this examination.

    Sincerely,

    Lucinda Hovi DC RHIT CCS CPC

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    Lucinda Hovi DC RHIT CCS CPC

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  • 37.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-15-2019 09:37
    Lucinda,
    Thanks for taking the time to contact AHIMA and post your e-mail to them.  I couldn't agree more with your comments and truly feel that most of us who hold multiple credentials do so as professionals and want to have a solid understanding of our profession, the regulations and any changes to the reimbursement system.

    I, too, usually print out the booklet and research the questions then go into the website and complete the assessment.  This provides me the time to research the questions, review the various changes and refresh my understanding of the changes.

    The direction of AHIMA overall is concerning to many of us and it seems like AHIMA  may have lost sight of their base membership which is Health Information Management professionals.  Many of us have a variety of experience in healthcare with particular expertise in coding, reimbursement, revenue cycle and compliance.  This was voiced in a focus group that I attended last year at the Clinical Coding Meetings but this seems to have fallen by the way with no follow-up and what seems to be a distance that is growing between the "rank and file" membership and our organization.

    This greatly saddens me to see this gap widening between membership and AHIMA but it also is alarming as we have such a knowledgeable base, expert and broad-based with healthcare in general.  Our credentialed membership generally has many years of experience "in the trenches" and have a hands on understanding of how we affect healthcare whether it is statistics, analysis, reimbursement or security/privacy.

    I would encourage all of you to reach out to individuals at our professional organization to express your opinions and bring attention to this matter.

    Regards
    Cheryl Bowling, RHIT, CCS, CHC, C-CDI

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    Cheryl Bowling, RHIT, CCS, CHC, C-CDI
    Client Compliance Partner
    samstaff
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  • 38.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-16-2019 13:29
    Cheryl,
    Well said and couldn't agree with you more. We have been in this profession for a long time and some of the changes and direction AHIMA has taken certainly are concerning. AHIMA your members are asking for and have a legitimate reason for access to the CCS Self Review Booklet as state by multiple members in this thread.

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    Sheri Simoni

    Documentation and Coding Compliance Auditor
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  • 39.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-14-2019 15:49
    Edited by Shelia Willemse 04-14-2019 15:50
    Hello everyone!

    I called AHIMA to renew my membership on April 12, 2019. My membership fee for both certifications needed to be updated.  I also sent an email inquiry for the self review PDFs to certification@ahima.org.
    This is frustrating! Hopefully they will address our concerns soon.


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    Shelia Willemse CCS, CCS-P
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  • 40.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-15-2019 11:56
    I just submitted an e-mail also to certification@ahima.org.  Hopefully this will be available when the CCS self-review assessment is posted.

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    Julie Engelland
    Coding Consultant
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  • 41.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-15-2019 16:28
    I’ve also submitted messages to both costumer service and certifications. Thanks for the update.

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    Anthony Bommarito
    Team Leader, Clinical Editing
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
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  • 42.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 04-16-2019 08:24
    Thanks Sondra for prompting all of us to be more proactive.  I have sent a long communication to them as well.  This is disheartening to see some of the items that we all use and learn from go by the wayside.  It may be that from an administrative point of view it got "lost" on what many of us use the assessment.  Being vocal with our professional organization will help all of us.

    Thanks again,
    Cheryl

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    Cheryl Bowling, RHIT, CCS, CHC, C-CDI
    Client Compliance Partner
    samstaff
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  • 43.  RE: 2019 self review booklet