AAPC’s Vice President of Member and Certification Development Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC, CCS, AAPC Fellow, is the go-to-girl for all things related to certification at AAPC. You may even say she is an AAPC celebrity with all the answers. Let’s see how she answers some of the FAQs our ...
Dec 1st, 2013
Preview what’s in store for coding in the year ahead so you aren’t caught by surprise. By Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC It’s that time of year where surprise packages arrive at your door. Being surprised with a mailbox full of holiday cards and gifts is a treat, but also is ...
Dec 1st, 2012
By Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC The practice of medicine constantly evolves. Established roads change direction. Familiar landmarks disappear, and new paths emerge. Even those who know the lay of the land can feel lost in an ever-shifting terrain of technologies, methods, and standards of care. To keep ...
Sep 1st, 2012
By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC A letter to the editor in the July 2012 Coding Edge, (“New vs. Established Patient Rule Applies to Physicians Only,” page 10) asked how the “new vs. established patient” rule applies to visits by nurse practitioners (NP). In response, Coding Edge editors—specifically, this editor—responded that an NP technically would not ...
Dec 1st, 2011
Whether it’s new modifiers, E/M, radiology, or Category II codes, we have the outlook for what’s on the horizon. By Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC CPT® 2012 arrives with over 500 code changes, plus minor additions to the Evaluation and Management Services Guidelines. The revised evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines clarify the “three-year ...