Radiology Today: Radiology Coding Refresher

At the top of any practice’s mind is that of reimbursement. Gone are the simple days having a doctor write out a referral and hand it over to the patient. AAPC member Sharon Blank, CPC recently discussed this issue in the June edition of Radiology Today magazine.

“[M]any referring physicians now use EMRs to convey orders for their patients, and every year new CPT and ICD-9 diagnosis codes are introduced to the healthcare arena,” she wrote. “Add to that the growing concern among all healthcare professionals about when ICD-10 will finally become a reality, and it becomes clear that radiology professionals could benefit from a refresher course in the hows, whats, and whys of basic radiology coding in an effort to gain maximum reimbursement for their work.”

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