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Former owner of a chain of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in South Florida faces a 20-year sentence after being found guilty of a decades-long scam of paying bribes and receiving kickbacks in a massive billion-dollar Medicare fraud and...
CMS moves to empower patients to be more active participants in the discharge planning process. A final rule revises and implements discharge planning requirements that hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), and home health agencies (HHAs) must ...
Take a longtime coder’s advice for how to ignite (or reignite) your love of medical coding. Whether you are just starting out in medical coding or have been at it for a long time, you know that careers (much like relationships) require a lot of work. ...
Hiring managers consider more than just education and credentials. While browsing social media and attending local and national coding conferences, I frequently note aspiring coders expressing frustration in getting their first break into medical cod...
Part 2: Strengthen your ICD-10-PCS coding for lumbar spinal fusion procedures. Coding spinal fusion in an outpatient or ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting with CPT® is very different than coding spinal fusion in the inpatient setting with ICD-10-...
Prevalence and risk require targeted diagnostic testing. Onychomycosis (tinea unguium), or fungal infection of the nail, causes almost half of all nail pathologies worldwide. It is a progressive infection of the nail characterized by thickening with d...
Differentiate migraines from common headaches for proper ICD-10-CM coding. A migraine is more than just a headache. Although migraines are not completely understood, scientists believe the pain is caused by dilation and constriction of the cephalic b...
When doctors describe lumps and bumps inconsistently, look to the definitive diagnosis for clarity. Coding lesions, masses, and tumors can be tricky because some providers use these three terms interchangeably in the same operative note. By the time y...
Let it be the catalyst that gets you to the next step in your career. AAPC aims to make HEALTHCON at Walt Disney World, April 5-8, 2020, the most fun and best yet, while making attendees more successful in their medical coding careers. This year is s...
Don’t let insufficient documentation lead you astray. How many times has a provider asked you, “What do I need to document to get a 99215?” All too often, medical coders feel they should help their providers understand what elements of documentation a...