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Author "Angela Clements"

By Angela Clements
In Coding
Aug 2nd, 2021
Deciding which code to use starts with determining each payer’s policy. The Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) has two principal subsystems, referred to as Level I and Level II. Knowing when to use HCPCS Level I codes versus HCPCS Lev...
By Angela Clements
Jun 6th, 2018
Comments Off on Students Asked. We Answered.
Part 2: The NAB eliminates students’ uncertainty about the medical coding profession. Last month, the AAPC National Advisory Board (NAB) answered questions from students about certifications, resources, and working from home. This month we answer mor...
By Angela Clements
Nov 6th, 2017
Comments Off on Hurdle Over the "No Experience" Obstacle After Certification
Passion and determination will prevent you from getting tripped up. Starting a career after earning a degree of certification, or changing careers later in life, has obstacles. You feel euphoric, accomplished, and eager to start your job search. But ...
By Angela Clements
Oct 1st, 2017
Comments Off on Encoder, Codebooks, or Both? 
Listen to the advice of others before making up your mind. Coders entering the healthcare industry at the turn of the century had it easy: Their only tools of the trade were CPT®, ICD-9, and HCPCS Level II books. Today, coders have options. New techno...
By Angela Clements
Oct 1st, 2017
Comments Off on Conquer E/M Challenges of EHRs
Arm against fraud risks EHRs pose, and develop policies to reinforce compliance. Electronic health records (EHRs) make documentation more legible, but they also make it easier to inflate content. Evaluation and management (E/M) documentation is espec...