Jun 12th, 2018
The typical path to becoming a medical coder starts with a recently graduated high school student who is detail-oriented, enjoys healthcare and anatomy, and learning about medical records and the physician revenue cycle. But not all medical coders start out that way. Some people pursue a career in medical coding because there is the potential to work ...
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Nov 13th, 2014
Any provider can use the emergency department codes (99281-99285), as long as the service is provided in the ED setting. There is not a requirement for the provider to be assigned to the ED to use these codes. When an ED physician requests another physician to see the patient in the ED, both physicians should ...
Nov 1st, 2012
By Stephen C. Spain, MD, FAAFP, CPC Angela “Annie” Boynton, BS, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, CPhT Editor’s note: Health care reform brings a number of new concepts to coding, billing, compliance, and practice management. The most far reaching—especially from an organizational point of view—are accountable care organizations (ACOs). Below is the first ...
May 1st, 2012
Place of service errors are on the OIG hit list, so be sure your coding is up to par. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has included place-of-service (POS) errors as an area for review in its ...
Aug 1st, 2011
Capture conditions with clear, concise documentation to increase reimbursement and decrease risks. By Karen Stanley, MBA, RN A clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program is a great way to ensure your facility is capturing all relevant details of a patient/provider encounter. This, in turn, boosts clinical and financial outcomes. CDI programs began in the 1990s. Most ...