Oct 1st, 2014
Part 1: Finding the right person for the job takes more than luck. By Pam Brooks, CPC, CPC-H The job outlook for coders is good, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics. Due to an aging population and an increase in insured Americans (compared to past years), the field is expected to grow as much ...
Apr 4th, 2013
Moving forward with implementation means your participation is vital. If you thought the introduction of the electronic health record (EHR) would change coding, you were absolutely right. The days of sitting in the back office, appending ICD-9-CM codes to paper fee tickets and manually posting charges is, for some practices, in the distant past. Modern ...
May 1st, 2012
With so many different interpretations to coding rules, your practice can’t afford not to create one. By Pam Brooks, CPC If coding were described as a color, it would be gray. Even with CPT®, ICD-9-CM, and HCPCS Level II guidelines, and despite regulatory guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office ...
Apr 1st, 2012
The benefits of taking on a new specialty are worth the initial extra legwork. By Pam Brooks, CPC The trend toward comprehensive patient care will create a demand for many new multi-specialty practices. As practices expand, the need for specialty coders will, too. But these jobs won’t come without challenges. Even experienced coders can become ...
Jan 1st, 2012
Determine, target, and fix your system’s areas of greatest concern. by Pam Brooks, CPC, PCS On Oct. 1, 2013, all diagnosis codes will be reported with a new format: ICD-10. By this time next year, you should be able to demonstrate with confidence that your billing system is capable of transmitting and receiving ICD-10 codes in ...