Feb 1st, 2014
Review common scenarios to get the big picture of observation status requirements. By Kerin Draak, MS, RN, WHNP-BC, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, COBGC and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC Coding for observation services depends on several variables, including the time a patient spends in observation care and whether he or she is subsequently admitted as an inpatient. A review ...
Mar 1st, 2012
Documentation is the key to avoiding billing issues. By Kerin Draak, MS, RN, WHNP-BC, CPC, CEMC, COBGC There are two types of office encounters: preventive and problem-oriented. Billing either type of visit alone is relatively straightforward, but when billing both visit types during the same encounter, documentation and billing issues can occur. We’ll focus on ...
Dec 1st, 2011
Learn ICD-10 obstetrics coding to help achieve a seamless transition from ICD-9. By Kerin Draak, MS, RN, WHNP-BC, CPC, CEMC, COBGC ICD-10 implementation will bring lots of changes to obstetrical coding. Coders and clinicians will need to work collaboratively to achieve a seamless transition from ICD-9. Detailed clinical documentation will allow coders to assign codes ...
May 1st, 2010
By Kerin Draak, MS, WHNP-BC, CPC, CEMC, COBGC Providers of long-term care services must comply with several different regulating criteria, and it is the coder’s responsibility to understand applicable rules when coding these unique services. In recent years, there have been extensive changes in the Nursing Facility Services section of the CPT® manual. Although this ...