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 ...
Turn patient woes into corrective action. By Judy A. Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPCO, CPPM, CPC-P, CPB, CPC-I, CANPC, CMRS Most healthcare professionals dread handling patient complaints. I used to hate it when I’d receive a page, saying that someone with a complaint wants to speak to the office manager. I’d think, “This is a waste ...
Jul 1st, 2013
Used wisely, providers can take advantage of social media benefits. By Judy A. Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPCO, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC Because social media is a staple in the average household, a growing number of healthcare providers are using it as a marketing tool, among other things. This technology doesn’t come without challenges, however. Here’s ...
Jul 1st, 2012
By Judy A. Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPCO, CPC-P, CANPC, CPC-I, CMRS A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) uses an ultrasound transducer positioned on an endoscope and guided into the patient’s esophagus to visualize the heart’s valves and chambers without interference from the ribs or lungs. An anesthesiologist may use TEE as a diagnostic tool to establish conditions ...
Jul 1st, 2008
by Patricia S. Wilson, RT (R), CPC, PMP An integral part of the coding process is to verify that documentation supports procedures and services performed. Although documentation of medical services and procedures seems a logical part of medical practice, it sometimes is a secondary function of medical care. The concept of medical documentation as a ...