Jun 19th, 2018
Once you’ve completed your medical coding training and earned your credential, how do you get real world experience?  AAPC’s Project Xtern and Local Chapters are excellent ways to do so. How Project Xtern Works Stepping out on a medical coding career requires training, your CPC credential, and experience. But finding that real world experience sometimes needed ...
In Coding
Jun 19th, 2018
Venipuncture coding is easy, but there are three rules to follow: 1. Select the right code. Venipuncture coding is described using CPT® 36415 Collection of venous blood by venipuncture. 2. Don’t append modifier 63. Modifier 63 describes a procedure performed on infant less than 4 kg. CPT® instructs us that that use of modifier 63 with 36415 ...
In Coding
Jun 19th, 2018
There’s been a change to teaching physician documentation rules, effective Jan. 1, for claims to Medicare. And, those changes are to the benefit of teaching physicians. As explained in MLN Matters Number: MM10412 Revised: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is revising the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 12, Section 100.1.1, to update ...
In Coding
Jun 19th, 2018
Presumptive drug testing services may be performed prior to definitive drug screen testing (80320-80377), when a provider wants to rule out illicit drug uses or to confirm the presence of a particular drug class without identifying individual drugs; or, to distinguish between structural isomers. For example, a patient using prescription opioids for pain management may receive a ...
In Audit
Jun 15th, 2018
Consider a career as a healthcare business professional. The hoopla of graduating high school is over, and now everyone is asking you, “What are you going to do next?” You might give the obligatory response, “Go to college,” because that’s what everyone expects. But is that the right answer? Learn a Trade that Pays Unless ...