Mar 1st, 2014
Look for location, stages, and tissue blocks in documentation. By Susan Ward, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CPCD, CPRC When reporting Mohs surgery for treatment of skin cancer, documentation must confirm that a single provider acted as both the surgeon and pathologist. From there, you need only know the location of the treated lesion, plus the ...
Planning ahead will help you start 2014 on the right foot. By Susan Ward, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CPCD, CPRC As a chapter officer, there is so much to do to prepare your chapter for the year ahead. If you served your chapter in 2013, you’re probably wondering where the time went and how you ...
Nov 1st, 2013
Your chapter can be a fast-track ticket to ICD-10 education. by Susan Ward, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CPCD, CPRC ICD-10 implementation is less than a year away, and AAPC local chapters are gearing up to help members prepare for this monumental change in diagnosis coding. If your chapter is slow to leave the station, here ...
Jun 1st, 2013
Payers say unbundling of pain management codes is a real problem, and they’re on the lookout for offenders. By Susan Ward, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CPCD, CPRC The number of providers offering pain management has grown considerably in recent years, with anesthesiologists, in particular, branching out to provide these services. As providers are billing more ...
May 1st, 2012
Signs and symptoms will determine the type and your code choice. By Susan Ward, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CPCD, CPRC I am sitting at my desk coding operative reports when the telephone rings. I answer the phone and help a patient with a billing question. When I hang up, my physician asks me a question ...