Feb 1st, 2012
New usage and definitions have changed code selection significantly from 2011. By David B. Dunn, MD, FACS, CIRCC, CPC-H, CCC Once again in 2012, CPT® includes significant changes to codes for pacemakers and cardioverter-defibrillators, including nine new codes, 14 code revisions (several of which completely change code use in comparison to 2011), and new definitions ...
Feb 1st, 2012
Don’t let repetitive stress syndrome affect your personal well-being: Think ergonomics. By Steve Gray, AOES, COSS As an ergonomics specialist, I have worked with many coders regarding workplace injuries. Over the past 20 years, I have not seen another profession that requires more repetitive motion activities (e.g., continuous and repetitive keyboarding, mouse clicking, and 10-key ...
Improve, manage, or eliminate stress for a healthier heart. By Michelle A. Dick Coders may code conditions and services related to heart disease, but the nature of coding and billing as a profession can also make heart diseases a personal issue. Since 1963, Congress has urged Americans to join the battle against heart diseases and ...
Feb 1st, 2012
Get a signature or you may not get paid. By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a new Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN). If you are unsure of when or how to apply an ABN, now is the perfect time to brush up on the ...
Feb 1st, 2012
Clean claims require a healthy balance of anatomy and pathophysiology knowledge as well as proper documentation. By Jana Purrell, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC A myocardial infarction (MI) or acute myocardial infarction (AMI), commonly referred to as a heart attack, occurs when one or more coronary arteries that carry blood to the heart are blocked. Symptoms include ...