Aug 1st, 2012
By Erin Andersen, CPC, CHC The age of electronic health records (EHRs) has begun. The days of deciphering illegible chicken scratches, cajoling busy physicians to write more than 10 words, and extensive searches for missing charts will one day be extinct. The EHR allows coders to work from home, promises a more complete record, timesaving ...
May 1st, 2010
By Laura Smith, CPC, CPC-I In 1997, Congress passed the Balanced Budget Act (BBA), which mandated risk adjustment methods to improve payment accuracy. Where previously CPT® codes drove payment, diagnosis codes and accurate documentation became the determining factors. As such, it became even more important for providers to sharpen their documentation proficiency and coders to ...
May 1st, 2008
By Bill Dacey, MHA, MBA, CPC Evaluation and management (E/M) is a struggle for many coders. The E/M coding system can be very confusing and difficult. Here are some observations and direction to help you find the right E/M coding path. Let EMRs Work for You As electronic health records (EHRs) or electronic medical records ...