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. ...
In ICD-10
Jan 9th, 2013
This month’s A&P spotlight is on the heart. With each heartbeat, blood is sent throughout our bodies, carrying oxygen and nutrients to all of our cells. We are going to take a look at this amazing muscle along with some common conditions and how they will look in ICD-10-CM. Without a strong understanding of the ...