Jun 1st, 2010
By Holly J. Cassano, CPC As a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) who supports emergency department (ED) physicians, I am often asked how to code appropriately for the physician component of critical care services in the ED. In response, I created these 10 commandments of critical care coding in the emergency room (ER). 1. Thou Shalt ...
Dec 1st, 2008
Here’s what you need to know to stay in compliance. Part 1 of a 2-part series By Elin Baklid-Kunz, MBA, CPC, CCS It’s not easy keeping current with Medicare’s changing critical care services policy. Recent changes include the July 1, Change Request (CR) 5993, which revises the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Publication 100-04, chapter 12, ...
Oct 1st, 2007
By Barbara Aubry, RN, CPC, CHCQM, FAIHQ  Like most coding professionals, when I worked in a coding/auditing position I focused on three things: compliance, accuracy and timeliness. My goal was to make sure claims were accurately coded for each service that the documentation supported and the payer would reimburse. I was not particularly interested in ...