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Author "Brenda Edwards"

By Brenda Edwards
Jul 2nd, 2021
The old standby still works like a charm to show medical necessity. The American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) 2021 Evaluation and Management Services Guidelines (2021 E/M guidelines) are the biggest change in medical coding since the creation of the ...
By Brenda Edwards
In Coding
Sep 1st, 2019
Comments Off on Select the Right Episode of Care Every Time
Timing is everything when defining and capturing the 7th character in an ICD-10-CM code. ICD-10-CM brought about new concepts for diagnosis coding, with some being straightforward and others being a bit confusing when interpreting the guidelines. One ...
By Brenda Edwards
Oct 1st, 2017
Comments Off on The 3 Best Things My Mentors Taught Me
Advice from those who take us under their wing can be the difference between success and failure. Life lessons often are learned the hard way: through trial and (sometimes painful) error. Although we may learn from our mistakes, so too can we learn fr...
By Brenda Edwards
Oct 10th, 2016
Comments Off on The Give and Take of Mentoring
We all want a trusted advisor; someone we can go to when we need to talk things through. However, one recurring theme heard in our industry, especially from some of our local chapters, is how hard it is to find a mentor. The keys to establishing a gr...
By Brenda Edwards
Sep 2nd, 2016
Comments Off on Three Things E/M Documentation Usually Lacks
Proper reimbursement hinges on providers telling the whole story of their encounters with patients. Documentation is key to reimbursement. The more detailed it is, the more likely you’ll receive proper payment for the service it describes. When it com...