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AAPC’s senior VP of products answers more of your questions about coding for office and other outpatient services. Ever since the release of the new 2021 evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines for office and other outpatient services, AAPC has been conducting numerous trainings through webinars, virtual workshops, conference sessions, online courses, and multiple articles in ...
In Coding
Sep 1st, 2021
Start by asking the right questions. Coding for gynecologic oncology procedures can be complicated. Procedure codes differ depending on whether the procedure is laparoscopic versus open and whether there is lymph node sampling or modifier usage. It’s important for medical coders to know the differences in procedures to ensure proper reporting. The Society of Gynecologic ...
Sep 1st, 2021
Survey shows Healthcare Business Monthly is your go-to resource. AAPC recently reached out to members to take a Healthcare Business Monthly survey. One of the questions on the survey was, “What topics would you like to see more of in Healthcare Business Monthly?” We received many responses, along with many great ideas. As a follow-up, ...
In Billing
Sep 1st, 2021
The shift to outpatient services puts billers and coders with an understanding of the OPPS in demand. Hospital outpatient services are all services provided to a patient in a facility that do not require inpatient admission. Outpatient is defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as: “A person who has not been ...
EMRs are not the end-all for capturing essential MDM. As of Jan. 1, 2021, we have been given new evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines for outpatient office and ambulatory services that include specific areas of risk such as social determinants of health (SDOH). I applaud the electronic medical record (EMR) analysts who have proactively added ...