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    Good morning, How often do you purchase coding books and/or resources? I work from home and my employer supplies 3M online coding books/resources, but I find the book versions helpful at times. My original thought was to buy new coding books (CPT, ICD-9, HCPCS) every two years and other resources only as needed since the cost can add up quickly. Any input is appreciated. Have a great day!! Thanks!!

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    So much changes from year to year I would not wait every "other" year to purchase.

    If I was still doing cardiology billing and had not purchased every year I would have been losing major dollars and have had big headaches realizing that all the codes for nuclear and echo have changed in 2009 and 2010.

    I would suggest having them every year and may be you can use as a tax write-off.

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    Thankfully my employer provides a software and books for me. We hava purchasing dept that does all the ordering for the entire clinic (large 60+ providers), but they wait far too long for me to have my books. So I order them myself (even though the clinic pays). I have found that I get a pretty good deal through the AAPC - you should look into that. And yes, if YOU purchase them you can write them off on your taxes!
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa Curtis View Post
    Thankfully my employer provides a software and books for me. We hava purchasing dept that does all the ordering for the entire clinic (large 60+ providers), but they wait far too long for me to have my books. So I order them myself (even though the clinic pays). I have found that I get a pretty good deal through the AAPC - you should look into that. And yes, if YOU purchase them you can write them off on your taxes!
    My current employer purchases all the books I need, but I choose to purchase my own set for home and personal use too. I didn't know I could write them off on my taxes....

    Thanks for the tip!
    Roxanne Thames CPC, CPC-I, CEMC
    rthamescpci@gmail.com


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    Roxanne - Check with your accountant on what you can write off on taxes. This is what my accountant has done for me.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    Thanks for the input; I appreciate it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleepycats View Post
    Good morning, How often do you purchase coding books and/or resources? I work from home and my employer supplies 3M online coding books/resources, but I find the book versions helpful at times. My original thought was to buy new coding books (CPT, ICD-9, HCPCS) every two years and other resources only as needed since the cost can add up quickly. Any input is appreciated. Have a great day!! Thanks!!

    I also update all three (ICD9, CPT, HCPCS) every October. lots of changes.
    Have a great day!

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