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 ...
Being tactful when patients are worried about ailments or a diagnosis isn’t always easy for a physician. Sometimes, what they say can make the situation more stressful. According to Physicians Practice, there are the eleven phrases physicians should never say to patients: I don’t know. Everything is fine. Why didn’t you come see me sooner? Your lungs ...
May 1st, 2010
By Lynn S. Berry, PT, CPC As we move into the era of pay for performance, value-based purchasing, and bundled or global payments, our documentation must represent clearly the services we perform, and the rationale and medical necessity for our actions. Patient care and documentation of that care given by any provider should have four ...
May 1st, 2010
By Kerin Draak, MS, WHNP-BC, CPC, CEMC, COBGC Providers of long-term care services must comply with several different regulating criteria, and it is the coder’s responsibility to understand applicable rules when coding these unique services. In recent years, there have been extensive changes in the Nursing Facility Services section of the CPT® manual. Although this ...
Jul 1st, 2007
Whether the physician adds fluoroscopy, stents or other services to the bronchoscopy procedure, coding professionals should know what you can report separately and what’s included in the global package. By Jill M. Young, CPC-EDS When reading the CPT® codebooks’s respiratory section, coding pulmonary procedures seems like it should be relatively straightforward. The section includes a ...