When you prepare yourself and have a test-taking strategy, panic subsides. By Melissa Kirshner, CPC, CRC, CPC-I, AAPC Fellow For many, the pressure and stress of passing the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam manifests itself in physical and emotional ways. For example, I had horrible dreams every night leading up to it. I’d cautiously open ...
Billing for new patients requires three key elements and a thorough knowledge of the rules. A persistent concern when reporting evaluation and management (E/M) services is determining whether a patient is new or established to the practice. New patient codes carry higher relative value units (RVUs), and for that reason are consistently under the watchful ...
CPT® code and guideline changes show a shift towards collaborative care and behavioral health management. With the release of CPT® 2018, we see major changes in coding throughout the Evaluation and Management (E/M) section. New codes and chapters were added for collaborative care management (CoCM) and behavioral health management. Let’s review these complex changes, which ...
Certification exams can be stressful, but E/M leveling doesn’t have to make it worse. By Colleen Mescall, MHA/E, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, AAPC Fellow Evaluation and management (E/M) coding can be intimidating for many people sitting for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam. How do you determine an E/M level when the level of the three ...
Ambiguities in the 1995 documentation guidelines create uncertainty. Editor’s Note: After this article was written, a Medicare administrative contractor announced new definitions for “detailed” and “expanded poblem-focused.” See the May issue of Healthcare Business Monthly to learn more. Within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 1995 Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and ...