CMA Today: Use Op Notes to Full Effect

Certified coders play a valuable role in health care and using operative notes successfully requires a number of things, said Lynn Keaton-Cockrell in the March/April edition of CMA Today. “You must have knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy, current procedural terminology, and ICD-9-CM …in dissecting the op note, a coder looks for billable procedures.”

She discusses the elements of an op report, unbundling under scrutiny, the facts on modifiers, split care guidelines, and global surgical package events. Following the article readers can quiz themselves on the continuing education test in the back of the magazine.

Read the full article in print on pages 26-29 in the March/April edition of CMA Today.

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