It’s all in how you dissect the operative report. Many coders struggle with coding operative reports because there are so many guidelines and policies that affect code selection. The process is easier when you break it into seven steps: Review the header of the report. Review the CPT® codebook (start in the Index). Review the ...
I have worked two years and have had more chances than I could have imagined (seven, to be exact) to get where I am. I took the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam on Oct. 8, 2016, and I’m proud to say I passed — with a little help from my friends. Nothing Is Impossible with ...
Awareness plays a role in recent and forthcoming code changes. Over the past four years, major changes have occurred in mental health coding and drug screen services. These originated partly due to CPT® codebook changes, as well as political pressure, high profile deaths, and changes in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. ...
Break down the code descriptors for proper drug test reporting. Definitive drug testing code descriptors may contain terms not familiar outside the laboratory. To better understand these codes (G0480-G0483), let’s look at a typical descriptor and discuss relevant concepts. HCPCS Level II code G0480 is a perfect example: G0480 Drug test(s), definitive, utilizing drug identification ...
While in the coding trenches, furry companions are working behind the scenes to support us and bring comic relief. “Cat vs. Dog” has been a long-standing rivalry for pet enthusiasts. Coding professionals bring a whole new level to the competition. Those who work remotely often rely on their faithful companions to keep them company; and ...