Sep 1st, 2008
By Brad Ericson, CPC, CPC-ORTHO It’s called the Certified Interventional Radiology and Cardiovascular CoderTM, (CIRCCTM) and it was developed by interventional radiology (IVR) coders to demonstrate the unique expertise needed to successfully report procedures in this growing subspecialty. Interventional radiology coding proves as dynamic as the type of medicine it reports. The techniques performed ...
Sep 1st, 2008
Incident-to and Shared Services from the Provider Prospective By Susan Theuns, PA-C, CPC, CHC In recent years, the industry renamed “mid-level providers” “non-physician providers” (NPPs). NPPs are chiefly certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs or NPs) and physician assistants–certified (PA-Cs). There are also clinical nurse specialists (CNS) who are considered NPPs as well as nurse midwiv...
Sep 1st, 2008
By Michelle A. Dick, senior editor A day doesn’t go by without receiving emails and phone calls from coding resource vendors. Juggling what sales representatives say you need to code effectively and what you can actually afford is maddening. When shopping for resources, remember medical coding books and software should streamline a compliant coding process ...
Sep 1st, 2008
Get Out of the Fog with Coding Tools of the Trade By Sarah Todt RN, CPC-EDS Emergency department (ED) physicians are armed with tools to provide adjunct care to typical evaluation and management (E/M) services. Frequently, ED care involves procedures that are easily performed with, or require, moderate conscious sedation (MCS). New medications allow ED ...
Sep 1st, 2008
Payer side: Consumers Take Control By Julia Croly, CPC During open enrollment, your employer may offer insurance options that include a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP). Selecting insurance can be confusing enough without adding another option to research. Glossy marketing material depicts “choice” and “simplicity;” however, to the average consumer the choice doesn’t feel simple. Why ...