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Emergency Department Coding and Reimbursement Alert – an AAPC eNewsletter

Are you clear on when you’re justified to report E/M and critical care codes for patients brought to your emergency department with serious allergic reactions?

Simplifying the complexity of coding rules for this scenario is just one example of how Emergency Department Coding and Reimbursement Alert saves you time and money. 

Keep Your ED Claims on Track for Prompt & Optimal Pay

Start receiving how-to coding tips and step-by-step tutorials to overcome your ED reimbursement hurdles.

From clarifying infusion, injection, and hydration services coding to providing ICD-10 guidance for the array of diagnoses encountered in the ED setting, this invaluable eNewsletter has you covered.

Month after month, our experts solve real-world reporting challenges and break down top-trending claim errors, as well as NCCI edits and code and guideline revisions.

5 More Reasons to Subscribe to Emergency Department Coding and Reimbursement Alert

  • Fast Access: Our online emergency medicine coding archive gives you 24-hour access to thousands of ED coding articles going back to 1998, all of which can be searched by code or keyword to deliver what you need in an instant.
  • Modifier Champion: Conquer modifier confusion as our veteran coding educators demonstrate proper modifier use and break down challenging concepts into easy-to-understand terms.
  • Downloadable Tools: Get handy clip-and-save cheat sheets and checklists covering everything from bundled services to critical care codes.
  • Smarter Use of ICD-10: Specialty-specific ICD-10-CM guidance fast-tracks your emergency department diagnosis coding, helping you code to the highest level of specificity and establish medical necessity.
  • Annual CEUs: Keep your CPC and CEDC certification current by earning 6 CEUs with your annual subscription to Emergency Department Coding and Reimbursement Alert — at no extra cost.

Newsletters are regular and timely publications written by subject matter experts with their fingers on the pulse of your industry.

In the case of coding newsletters, your subscription will give you all the latest information you need, plus a refresher on things you might have learned but forgotten.

Coding newsletters feature real reader questions, interviews, and guidance from experts. You’ll find clinical scenarios and expert advice to explain code choice and guide you through the code selection process. A specialty-specific newsletter promotes accurate coding, leading to higher revenues and less time and money wasted on justifying billing.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters provide up-to-the-minute news on changes in federal regulations governing reimbursement and legislative developments. You’ll find ways to navigate often dense government-speak and learn how to apply regulatory changes to your practice or agency.

The knowledge disseminated in each newsletter issue can help protect your practice or business from costly mistakes and even help boost your revenue with guidance on the best ways to:

  • Code challenging scenarios or use modifiers correctly
  • Stay on top of the latest news and regulatory changes pertaining to the healthcare market
  • Learn how to ethically optimize your reporting to avoid undercoding and missed opportunities

Healthcare Business Monthly is a broad-scope publication that provides information on a range of topics, including human-interest stories based on coders. It also covers healthcare issues beyond coding, compliance, or post-acute care — such as front-desk etiquette, keeping the office clean, etc.

Coding newsletters, more focused than Healthcare Business Monthly, exclusive cover coding, billing, and regulations for the title specialty.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters dig into the regulatory news pertaining to healthcare. These are up-to-the-minute publications. You won’t find such in-depth information for compliance, practice management, MDS, home health, or hospice in Healthcare Business Monthly.

AAPC coding newsletters will help new coders get up to speed on the job. The articles cover several in-specialty topics each month and delve into the specifics of coding procedures and services. A new coder could get information on a coding scenario in a newsletter before they encounter it in the workplace, which is a huge asset.

Coding newsletters provide more exposure to the news you need, and the quizzes offer an opportunity to apply your coding knowledge in a low-stakes situation. Newsletter articles and reader questions add to and reinforce coder training. You’ll find expert opinions and advice from trusted and experienced sources that can help you understand the nuances of the profession.

Throughout the year, all newsletters contain updates to codes and coding guidelines that are vital to new and veteran coders. From articles on code changes and quarterly National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits to discussions of ad-hoc guideline changes issued by CMS and other agencies, newsletters keep coders informed and current. Having a specialty-focused publication addressing and analyzing updates is an important tool for every coder.

For instance, NCCI edits are often applied behind the scenes to coding software, and coders may be staring at a denial without realizing why. Newsletter articles will update coders to the edits that affect their practices the most and translate them into practical advice. That way, even veteran coders will be aware.

Secondly, there is so much to remember in coding that everyone occasionally forgets how to report something. The newsletter provides a monthly refresher on coding topics that a veteran coder might not have seen in a while.

Finally, most AAPC coding newsletters provide coders with regular AAPC CEU opportunities that can help keep your credentials current.

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Most coding newsletters are specific to a medical specialty, and coders working in those specialties should obviously subscribe to newsletters aligned with their professional interests.
Several newsletters feature subject matter that crosses specialty lines. E/M Coding Alert, ICD-10 Coding Alert, and Health Information Compliance, for example, all contain articles and reader questions applicable to most specialties, practices, and institutions.

You’ll also find newsletters dedicated to compliance, practice management, skilled nursing facility, home health, hospice, and Medicare Part B. These newsletters are beneficial to practice managers, billing/coding staff, Minimum Data Set nurses, clinicians, and administrators.


eNewsletter Title


Medical Coding

Anesthesia Coding Alert


Cardiology Coding Alert


E/M Coding Alert


ED Coding Alert


Gastroenterology Coding Alert


General Surgery Coding Alert


ICD-10 Coding Alert


Neurology and Pain Management Coding Alert


Neurosurgery Coding Alert


Ob-gyn Coding Alert


Oncology/Hematology Coding Alert


Optometry/Ophthalmology Coding Alert


Orthopedic Coding Alert


Otolaryngology Coding Alert


Path/Lab Coding Alert


Pediatric Coding Alert


Podiatry Coding and Billing Alert


Primary Care Coding Alert


Pulmonology Coding Alert


Radiology Coding Alert


Urology Coding Alert



Health Information Compliance Alert


Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement


Part B Insider


Practice Management Alert



Home Care Week


Hospice Insider


MDS Alert


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Where do your emergency physicians stand when it comes to national trends? Nearly every ED staff member has heard that insurance auditors look at coding trends and bell curves to find “outliers,” but it’s hard to know exactly what that means in the scope of your day-to-day operations. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure that your ED [...]

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Once you compare your ED practice’s benchmarking data over time, you may want to take the next step and compare your coding trends to those of other ED providers in the country. The following are the codes most often reported by ED physicians, according to a Medicare statistical analysis E/M Code Comparison report that was run on Nov. 13, 2020 [...]

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From symptoms and age to severity, you need multiple data points to choose a diagnosis. When a patient presents to the ED with abdominal or pelvic pain, one of the more obvious diagnosis code groups is R10.- (Abdominal and pelvic pain). However, to choose the right code in this category, you’ll need to know a few key details. One of [...]

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Do you know how to code for these common warm-weather scenarios? When an insect bites or stings a patient, the resulting symptoms can sometimes be so severe that an immediate visit to the emergency department (ED) is in order. Get to know two such scenarios that can help you get your insect bite coding up to speed in time for [...]

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Question: A patient who says they have a long history of mild persistent asthma presents to your emergency department with coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. The patient also complains they’re experiencing symptoms associated with their hay fever allergy. After a physical examination, the ED physician diagnoses the patient with an acute exacerbation of their mild persistent asthma [...]

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Question: Our ED sees a lot of patients with multiple comorbidities, and many of these patients have presented with COVID-19. Can we bill for a higher-level E/M service to reflect these more complicated encounters? New York Subscriber Answer: As with any ED evaluation and management (E/M) service, you’ll establish the level of service based on the history, exam, and medical decision making [...]

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