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May is National Stroke Awareness Month Recognize this preventable and treatable disease. Strokes kill approximately 140000 people every year in the United States and up to 80 percent are preventable a... [ Read More ]
Prepare for the unexpected when the patient is expecting. Oh those cute little babies All those fingers and toes and noses when I grow up I want to be one of those volunteers in nurseries who just si... [ Read More ]
Updates to the list of codes that sometimes or always describe therapy services under Medicare Part B go into effect Jan. 1 2020. Make sure your coding andbilling staff are aware of the following upda... [ Read More ]
October 1 is a scary time for medical coders. There are fourth quarter updates to HCPCS Level II codesand code editors. Payment system and fee schedules are updated. And ICD10CM code changes go into e... [ Read More ]
In a world of uncertainty one thing medical coders can count on is ICD10CM yearly updates. Its already that time of year again when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC releases the ICD1... [ Read More ]
I’ve had my CPC since 2017 and I’ve yet to actually work as a coder for the reason being that a lot of companies want experienced coders. I’ve kept up with my CEU’s and always kept my certific... [ Read More ]
A MD sees a patient in hospital for one week long stay. He sees patient subsequently twice in one day. Can 99231 be billed twice for same day?
Are both visits combined for 1 total 99231 or 99232?
Ar... [ Read More ]
I am new to the AAPC Forum Community and will be taking my CPC Exam next month. I originally was going to take the in-person exam but decided to take it online. I am a terrible timed-t... [ Read More ]
Our physician had a patient present for a left heart cath but the procedure was discontinued as follows:
INDICATION AND DESCRIPTION OF PROCEDURE: Right groin and right wrist were prepped and draped
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Status post repair of dural tear from an extensive instrumented posterior
spine fusion down at another facility with a persistent dural tear.
Repair of dural tear w... [ Read More ]
I need help settling a dispute in my office. Our providers sometimes do a bx followed by ed&c if they are clinically suspicious of it being malignant. Typically this is only done on older patients... [ Read More ]
Hey, all. I embarked on this career path in April of this year. August marked 6 months of being unemployed for me. As of a couple weeks ago I completed my billing/coding course. I knew from the start ... [ Read More ]
The physician I bill for saw a patient with an insurance that he is not contracted with. He is performing wound care at the local hospital, so the hospital bills their portion as well. My question i... [ Read More ]