Feb 1st, 2008
By Michael D. Miscoe, CPC, CHCC Fundamentally, coding is a process of representing services in a manner that will allow a third-party payer to understand what was done. Professional coders are individuals specifically trained and tested to ensure that this process is performed correctly and the importance of this task cannot be understated. When a ...
Feb 1st, 2008
by Patricia S. Wilson, RT (R), CPC, PMP President Bush, in his January 2004 State of the Union address, stated that every person in the United States will have an electronic medical record within 10 years. Since then, Americans are seeing terms such as Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Personal Health Record (PHR) and Semantic Interoperability ...
Feb 1st, 2008
If your organization is considering computer-assisted coding, don’t panic! Technology is changing how people work in virtually every industry and medical coding is no different. Keeping up with the technology means you will continue to succeed. Consider your job to be part of an evolution—computer-assisted coding enhances the role of a coder, making you more ...
Feb 1st, 2008
By Suzan Berman-Hvizdash, CPC, CPC-E/M, CPC-EDS When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) defined the term “Evaluation and Management,” they clearly indicated face-to-face contact with the patient. In this day and age, however, physicians can manage patients without face-to-face contact in several different scenarios. Because evaluation can happen without face-to-face contact, some ...
Feb 1st, 2008
by Sheri Poe Bernard, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P When it comes to implementation of an electronic medical record (EMR) in your practice or facility, an old adage proves true for medical coders: If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. While it may not be immediately obvious that coders and compliance personnel ...