Medical Coder, Veterans Affairs Medical Center Tell us a little bit about how you got into coding, what you’ve done during your coding career, and where you work now. I have been coding for almost 19 years. I work for the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center for Altoona, Pennsylvania. I code outpatient encounters in the ...
One of the things I love about the mentoring I do for coding students is it reminds me of what it was like to be a newbie. And I don’t just mean the excitement of being on the cusp of a new coding career. I am also grateful to be humbled and reminded that I ...
In Billing
Mar 12th, 2019
Physicians and practices are being snatched up by hospitals at an ever increasing rate, according to an advocacy group and as consulting company, and this may have an impact on medical coding in around 80,000 hospital-owned practices. Hospitals Racing to Acquire Data compiled by Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) and consulting company Avalere Health indicates hospitals ...
In Audit
Mar 6th, 2019
If  you receive Additional Documentation Requests (ADR) from a Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) and others, here are some tips  to respond most effectively. Additional Documentation Request Success Isn’t that Hard CGS  Administrators, a MAC and Durable Medicare Administrative Contractor (DMAC) with a presence in 38 states, offers helpful tips in their ADR process.  ADRs may ...
In CMS
Mar 4th, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched “CMS: Beyond the Policy” podcasts last month to better explain updates and changes to Medicare policies and programs. First Podcast? E/M CMS: Beyond the Policy’s inaugural episode focuses on evaluation and management coding (E/M).  Last November, CMS finalized changes in how doctors and other clinicians  document ...