In Billing
Nov 7th, 2019
Changes to diagnosis codes mean NCD coding changes. Diagnosis codes changes went into effect Oct. 1, as usual, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is updating National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) to reflect those changes. NCDs Affected by Updates to Diagnosis Codes CMS notes the following NCD coding changes in Change Request (CR) ...
2019 was my first AAPC National Conference since 2008. Although there were many big changes since 2008, a few major differences I noticed particularly were that the size of attendance has quadrupled, and the education quality, as well as the food quality has gone up. One of the coolest additions to HEALTHCON since I first ...
In Coding
Jan 17th, 2019
The month of February means love is in the air. Unfortunately, it also means that afflictions unique to Valentine’s Day may occur. Be prepared for Feb. 14 by troubleshooting Valentine’s Day-related mishaps that may call for ICD-10-CM coding in your healthcare organization. Exercise Caution when Giving Gifts When shopping for your sweetheart, these two common ...
Jan 1st, 2015
The key to reimbursement is showing medical necessity. by  Judy A. Wilson, CPC, COC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CPPM, CPCO, CPB, CANPC, CMRS The first successful heart transplant was performed in South Africa in 1967. Heart transplants have evolved since then from an experimental procedure to an accepted treatment for selected patients with various cardiovascular anomalies, such ...
Jun 1st, 2013
By Kathy Philp, CPC Medical records documentation tells the relevant story of a patient in a way that even a provider who has never met the patient can understand. That level of detail may sound like a lot of work, but if the provider documents well on the initial visit, documenting subsequent visits is easier. ...