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Pulmonology Coding Alert – an AAPC eNewsletter

From classifying pulmonary hypertension to monitoring cystic fibrosis, Pulmonology Coding Alert offers reliable pulmonology coding guidance to ensure optimal reporting and payer reimbursement.

Streamline Your Pulmonology Coding and Earn Maximum Pay

Confidently distinguish acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) from acute respiratory failure (ARF), and alkalosis from acidosis. Troubleshoot claims involving tracheotomy tube replacements, high altitude simulation tests, COPD, extrinsic allergic alveolitis, and smoking cessation counseling.

Our team of experts will keep you up to speed on code changes and scrutiny targets. We’ll also show you how to work with revisions to NCCI edits, modifiers, and fee schedules.

Month after month, Pulmonology Coding Alert gives you reimbursement strategies and reporting tutorials to help you prevent denials and grow your profit margin. 

5 More Reasons to Subscribe to Pulmonology Coding Alert

  • Cheat Sheets: Get handy clip-and-save charts and checklists covering everything from bundled services to critical care codes.
  • ICD-10 Tutorials: Specialty-specific ICD-10-CM guidance fast-tracks your pulmonary diagnosis coding, helping you code to the highest level of specificity and establish medical necessity.
  • Modifier Champion: Conquer modifier confusion as our veteran coding educators demonstrate proper modifier use and break down challenging concepts to keep your pulmonary claims on track for optimal and prompt pay.
  • Fast Access: Our online emergency medicine coding archive gives you 24-hour access to thousands of pulmonary coding articles, all of which can be searched by code or keyword to deliver what you need in an instant.
  • Annual CEUs: Keep your AAPC certification valid with 6 free CEUs included with your subscription.

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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Know when to choose between 99452 and 99453. With summer vacations around the corner, you can guess that some patients may be making plans that require air travel. If a pulmonology patient is diagnosed with a condition that could cause unforeseen consequences at higher altitudes, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, or post COVID-19, your pulmonologist may [...]

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Question: Our provider is weaning a preterm infant from a home apnea monitor and performed a pediatric pneumogram. The pneumogram was performed 20 days after the home apnea monitoring started. I’m new to coding and am unsure how to report this service. What codes do I need to assign for my claim? Pennsylvania Subscriber Answer: In this case, you’ll assign only 94774 [...]

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Question: A pulmonologist in our practice performed a transbronchial biopsy on a patient. The physician used a flexible bronchoscope to view and capture samples from the left superior and inferior lobes and the right inferior lobe. Which code should I use to report the procedure? Michigan Subscriber Answer: Based on the scenario you’re describing, you’ll assign 31628 (Bronchoscopy, rigid or flexible, including [...]

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Question: A patient, who tested positive for COVID-19 a few days prior, presented to an urgent care clinic complaining of shortness of breath. The provider gathered the patient’s history and performed a physical examination. The patient claimed their symptoms had been mild thus far, but the shortness of breath was worrying them. The provider noted the shortness of breath was related [...]

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