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Why not a "Podiatry" heading?

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    Default Why not a "Podiatry" heading?
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    I recently graduated college, passed my CPC exam and now work in a Podiatry office. I was wondering why there isn't a Podiatry heading along with all the others (cardiololgy, pediatrics, etc)? It would be nice to have a place to ask others in this area questions.
    Thank you.

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    Red face Your right!
    That's true Marcia! I have wondered the same thing about Hematology and Oncology. Every speciality is so different and detailed and I think everyone has questions about their speciality. It's funny when I talk to other coders and their speciality is say Anesthesia. They will say if you can code this then you can code anything. It's funny because I have said the same thing about Hematology/Oncology. I think every speciality is hard to conquer and we will always have questions. I have worked in podiatry before also. I know that it is hard keeping up with those diabetic ulcers and all of the things that Medicare won't let you bill for. I think the more demand for the speciality the quicker it will get on the website. Have fun coding!
    Josalyn Smith, CPC

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    Josalyn,
    Any idea where I'd find info relating directly to Podiatry coding? I feel so lost right now and the Medicare website is a nightmare to work through, which leads to feeling even more lost. Currently at this office, the Doctors do the coding (as if they know all the rules lol) and I read the dication to make sure its covered before billing it. I would like to know more to make sure I'm doing it all correctly. I feel more like I'm a data entry person, than an actual coder.
    Thanks for any leads!
    Marcia, CPC-A

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    Maybe you could try contacting the AAPC to see if they would consider adding these categories to the forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarciaH View Post
    I recently graduated college, passed my CPC exam and now work in a Podiatry office. I was wondering why there isn't a Podiatry heading along with all the others (cardiololgy, pediatrics, etc)? It would be nice to have a place to ask others in this area questions.
    Thank you.
    Over in the Social Groups, under the Networking section - I created a Podiatry Group. I thought it would be really helpful to those of us in the Podiatry field to be able to ask questions and get some help from each other.
    ~Ursula, CPC~

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    Tammy,
    Thank you for responding but I guess I don't know the site very well as I'm having trouble finding it.

    Anyways, when I signed in to read your message, I see they have added a Podiatry group! What a great surprise!

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    One book that I can't live without is Ingenix Podiatry coding companion. It's a great book with descriptions of what is entailed in each procedure. Also if you get a chance to attended a seminar by McVey with speaker Michael Warsaw take it. He's a practicing podiatrist plus a certified coder.

    Here are a couple of websites: www.podiatrychannel.com and orthoinfo.aaos.org

    Hope this helps.

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    If your podiatrist is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) or American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management (AAPPM) they have great coding information for podiatry. If your poditrist is a member of the APMA after working in the podiatry field you will qualify to become a member of American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants (ASPMA) who also has some good podiatric resources.
    Tammy Hulsey-Ferguson, CPC
    Past President AAPC Wichita, KS Local Chapter

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