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  • Jul 1st, 2007
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Matching ASC codes with surgery codes is essential for proper ASC coding. By Chris Felthauser, CPC, CPC-H, ACSOH, ACS-OR Multispecialty freestanding ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) are one of the fastest growing markets in health care today. Many ...
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  • Jul 1st, 2007
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Be ready to transition from 400.x series codes to the “I13” category when ICD-10-CM takes effect. By Deborah Grider, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CPC-P, CEMC, CPMA, COBGC, CPCD, CCS-P This month’s focus is “Understanding the ICD-10-CM draft guidelines for Disea...
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  • Jul 1st, 2007
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Whether the physician adds fluoroscopy, stents or other services to the bronchoscopy procedure, coding professionals should know what you can report separately and what’s included in the global package. By Jill M. Young, CPC-EDS When reading the CPT® ...
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  • Jul 1st, 2007
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By Patricia Champion, CPC If the teaching physician notes, “rounded, reviewed, agree,” will the documentation meet the strict requirements of your carrier? When a medical student and resident both document in the medical record, what can the teaching ...
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  • Jul 1st, 2007
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A thorough understanding of the clinical and coding sides helps determine correct skin grafting codes. By Linda Martien, CPC-EDS, CPC-H In its most basic sense, skin grafting is the transplantation of skin and, occasionally, other underlying tissue ty...
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  • Jul 1st, 2007
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By Torrey Kim, CPC When it comes to unlisted procedures, coding professionals fall into one of three camps. The first group overuses unlisted codes when reporting new technologies to avoid Category III codes. The second group under-reports unlisted co...
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  • Jul 1st, 2007
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By Betty A. Johnson, CPC, CCS-P, CIC, CCP Mohs codes are reported when the physician serves as both the surgeon and the pathologist. Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly specialized procedure in which the physician acts as both pathologist and surgeo...
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  • Jul 1st, 2007
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By Peter Keohane, JD, MPH, CPC Protect your medical records, or you could be setting yourself up for unforeseen problems. As most coding professionals know, identity theft is an increasingly common problem for businesses that collect and maintain pers...
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  • May 28th, 2007
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Published in Coding Edge – May 2007 By Deborah Grider, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CPC-P, CEMC, CPMA, COBGC, CPCD, CCS-P This month’s focus is “Understanding the ICD-10-CM draft guidelines for Diseases of the Circulatory System,” in relation ...
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  • May 1st, 2007
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This month’s focus is understanding the ICD-10-CM draft guidelines for diseases of the circulatory system, in relation to hypertension. Codes in this classification are organized in categories I10-I15 in Chapter 9 of ICD-10-CM. Full article: Diseases ...