My Coding Resolutions for the New Year

My Coding Resolutions for the New Year

By Brenda Edwards, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC

It’s time to look ahead and make our resolutions for what we plan to change, improve, stop doing, or whatever it is we plan to do in the New Year. I have a bad track record at keeping resolutions, so I usually don’t make them. BUT, my first resolution for 2016 is to KEEP my resolutions. So, I’m going to make it easy on myself and limit my resolutions to one of my favorite things: CODING!

1. Don’t be lazy: Always reference Alphabetic Index and then go to Tabular Index in ICD-10.

I think I know more than I do, and when I skip that very important first step, I miss the very specific code I need to use.

2. Get more familiar with the CPT® Index

I’m old school and am really good at finding the codes in the particular sections of CPT, but tend to get lost in the index.

3. Patience…

With questions, inquiries and other outside queries. What may seem second nature to me is not always the case for the person asking the question. Just because I live, eat, and breath coding, doesn’t mean the person asking the question does.

4. HCPCS…the sometimes forgotten code set

Poor HCPCS seems to take a second seat sometimes because they are not used as frequently as CPT® and ICD codes. I will devote more time to my HCPCS book so I can quote codes out of it when I read license plates!

5. Network, mentor, and assist

Ok, so this isn’t coding specifically, but it relates directly to my coding world. I will be better at networking and mentoring members of not only my chapter, but all members of AAPC I may encounter. AAPC is an awesome global network and we all have so much to offer and share with one another.

That’s my 2016 coding resolutions and since, as I mentioned earlier, I have a bad history of keeping resolutions, I will start with just these five. I can do this. What are your resolutions? Happy New Year!

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Brenda Edwards

Brenda Edwards

Senior Managing Consultant of Risk Adjustment at Medical Revenue Solutions
Brenda has over 25 years’ experience and is employed with Medical Revenue Solutions. Her experience includes chart auditing, coding and compliance education, and has written many articles for national publications including Healthcare Business Monthly, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and BC Advantage.Her humorous and engaging presentation style has made her a conference favorite at both national and regional conferences for AAPC as well as local chapter meetings across the country.Brenda is a Certified Professional Coding Instructor (CPC-I), AAPC ICD10-CM/PCS Training Expert, and an AAPC workshop presenter. She served on the AAPC Chapter Association board of directors from 2010-2014 and held office as chair.
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Brenda has over 25 years’ experience and is employed with Medical Revenue Solutions. Her experience includes chart auditing, coding and compliance education, and has written many articles for national publications including Healthcare Business Monthly, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and BC Advantage. Her humorous and engaging presentation style has made her a conference favorite at both national and regional conferences for AAPC as well as local chapter meetings across the country. Brenda is a Certified Professional Coding Instructor (CPC-I), AAPC ICD10-CM/PCS Training Expert, and an AAPC workshop presenter. She served on the AAPC Chapter Association board of directors from 2010-2014 and held office as chair.

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