Social Media: Get “Linked In”

By Chandra Stephenson
Apr 11th, 2017
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Do you use social media professionally, to help advance your career and to stay abreast of industry changes? What platform(s) do you use? Facebook? LinkedIn? Twitter? Pinterest? YouTube?

We’ve all read the articles reminding us to be mindful of what we post on social media, and how to restrict our privacy settings, etc. to ensure that our online profiles remain professional and something we don’t mind employers (or prospective employers) seeing. Although reputation—both in life and on social media—is essential, knowing how to get the most out of your time online and demonstrating your personal brand is also imperative.

Here’s a quick review of common platforms and a few of the great things about each:

  • Facebook: A great place to keep in touch with personal and professional contacts, follow businesses, find CEU opportunities, network with other industry professionals (on pages and in groups such as the AAPC and AAPC Local Chapter Officer groups), etc.
  • LinkedIn: A spot to keep in touch with contacts, receive articles on current industry trends, follow key organizations, find CEU opportunities, store personal work history and accomplishments, and to stay in the periphery of recruiters and potential employers.
  • Twitter: Commentary on the day-in and day-out life events. This is most useful (in my opinion) for following industry organizations (including AAPC, AMA, etc.) and keeping abreast of current trends and emerging legislation.
  • Pinterest: Ideas, ideas, ideas; for everything from business to family and education to dinner
  • YouTube: Video content on just about any topic you can think of (and, some really great educational opportunities).

If you’re not a social media guru, don’t worry. Start out small, and focus on the resources that sound most likely to help you fulfill your goals.

Infographic: Day in the Life of a Medical Coder

By Alex McKinley
Apr 10th, 2017
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The demand for qualified medical coders has never been greater, but is the career right for you?

Learn more about the role coders play in our infographic, Day in the Life of a Medical Coder. See how they work in synergy with physicians and other healthcare staff to keep medical facilities compliant and successful. After viewing the graphic, read about our medical coding certifications and find the right one for you. If you’re curious about the earning potential of a coder, view our salary survey and see how medical coding salaries stack up across the nation.

Be the First to Learn of New Medicare Regulations

By Renee Dustman
Apr 7th, 2017
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Are you tired of always being the last one to know when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule or transmittal with new coding/billing guidance? Be the first to learn of new Medicare regulations and become a valuable resource for your providers. Simply go to www.cms.gov and scroll toward the bottom of the page until you see Receive Email Updates. Enter your email address in the field provided and click Submit.

On the resulting page, select the topics on which you would like to receive email updates from CMS and the other government health agencies. Click Submit when you’re ready.

Now, whenever new regulations on your selected topics are released, you’ll be (one of) the first to know!

Let’s Be Clear

It’s great to be privy to the latest news, but it won’t get you far if you don’t have time to read it or can’t understand it. Government regulations aren’t exactly quick and easy reads! That’s where AAPC comes in. Be sure to look in our Knowledge Center for up-to-date news in clear and concise detail, without all the legalese.

Submit Proper Documentation for Surgical Services

By Renee Dustman
Apr 7th, 2017
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The main reason Medicare denies claims is because there is insufficient documentation in the medical record. For all surgical services, make sure the medical record has these four elements:

  1. Correct date of service
  2. Reason for procedure
  3. Signed operative report
  4. Physician signature and/or signature log or attestation for an illegible signature

Showing medical necessity is only one piece of the puzzle, however.

A general statement signed by the ordering physician saying that conservative treatment measures were tried and failed, is not enough. You must provide supporting documentation for the services being billed.

Documentation Improvement Tip

The Certified Documentation Expert Outpatient (CDEO®) credential validates a documentation professional’s expertese in reviewing outpatient documentation for accuracy in the support of coding, quality measures, and clinical requirements. Learn more about the CDEO credential.

MIPS Web Interface and CAHPS Registration Period

By Renee Dustman
Apr 7th, 2017
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The registration period for groups that choose the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Web Interface or Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Survey as their data submission method is April 1 through June 30, 2017.

  • For individual or group participation, registration is not required for any other submission method.
  • If your group registered for the Group Practice Reporting Option Web Interface in 2016, you are automatically registered to use the CMS Web Interface in 2017.

For more information:

Discuss this topic on AAPC’s MACRA forum.

Source: CMS Daily Digest Bulletin, April 6, 2017

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About Has 478 Posts

Renee Dustman, BS, is an executive editor at AAPC. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Communications - Journalism. She has more than 20 years experience in print publishing, working in production management and content management. She is also a freelance writer and graphic artist.