Oct 1st, 2014
Show you have specialized facility expertise. By Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC AAPC’s new credential for inpatient facility coding, the Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC™), opens new doors for members who work, or who want to work, in hospitals. Announced in August, the credential demonstrates competency abstracting information from the medical record for ICD-9-CM Volumes 1-3 ...
Aug 1st, 2013
Summit the certification exam using secrets revealed by veteran test-takers. By Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, CPCO You have the experience. You have the education. And you have the resolve. You push the button to register for your first credentialing exam—all five hours and 40 minutes of it—and then it hits you: “What do I do ...
Jan 1st, 2012
ICD-10’s implementation on Oct. 1, 2013 will change everything from the way health care providers document services to the way codes are selected, reported, and reimbursed. It forces medical staff to see computers as partners rather than simple tools. The advent of ICD-10 will homogenize practices, requiring all who come in contact with patients and ...
May 1st, 2011
Use this new CPT® modifier to help payers identify preventive services. Modifier 33, effective since Jan. 1, 2011, slipped through the door quietly and unnoticed, like a neighbor’s cat. The new modifier is not in the CPT® 2011 Professional Edition book, but was announced at the American Medical Association’s (AMA) CPT® Symposium last November, after ...
Apr 1st, 2011
AMA’s official guide is now more helpful than ever. Coders always are on the lookout for tips and tools to improve job performance and efficiency. Among the very best resources is one that coders use every day (and may take for granted): The CPT® book. The CPT® book is more than just a list of ...