AAPC members tend to share one common trait: perseverance. For the past several years, I’ve hosted a game show that is part of the entertainment at HEALTHCON. The first time I did this, I remember thinking, “I’m not even certified. What if I don’t understand something the contestants are talking about with one of their ...
Certifications are certainly important building blocks to career success, but employers look for other skills when hiring, as well. To ensure our members are well-rounded, AAPC now provides online training for a variety of professional development subjects. Gain the Advantage There are many day-to-day skills you must have to work effectively and efficiently. In addition ...
In Coding
Feb 5th, 2019
Compare coding and billing for FQHCs to that of provider- and facility-based organizations. Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) account for less than 10 percent of designated organizations, but as coding professionals we should understand the differences between FQHCs and physician- or facility-based organizations. Note: Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial carriers do not all process FQHC cla...
In Billing
Feb 5th, 2019
Coding clean-up crew lays the groundwork to improve healthcare reimbursement through denial management. In large healthcare business offices, medical billers and coders are often in separate departments, with separate leadership. Although the medical billers are largely responsible for denial management, they often don’t have the necessary coding expertise required to properly work coding denials. ...
Ensure a smooth billing transition and unaffected revenue by preparing clinicians for yearly coding updates. Finding out what the annual code changes are is the easy part. CPT® updates typically are announced several months before they become effective. For example, the 2019 CPT® code book was available to purchase in early November 2018, and AAPC ...