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  • ICD-10 and the Ebola Outbreak

    Entry Date October 22, 2014 8:00 AM
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    The news has been filled with stories about the outbreak of Ebola infections in West Africa and the incidences of the disease that show how this illness has now made its way to the United States. Ebola is very contagious and often has a high (> 50%) mortality rate. As [...]


  • ICD-10-CM Orthopedic Coding

    Entry Date October 15, 2014 8:00 AM
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    There are significant differences between orthopedic coding in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM, and there are also a larger number of codes in ICD-10-CM for orthopedic coding. The main differences are laterality, type of encounter, and site specificity. Laterality Laterality refers to the side of the body affected. The purpose of this [...]


  • How to Select the Principal Diagnosis

    Entry Date October 8, 2014 8:00 AM
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    Dear Instructor, I am searching through a patient’s medical record and can’t seem to figure out what the principal diagnosis should be; I’ve spent hours on this and can’t seem to get it right.  He was admitted with abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, has known diabetes and hypertension. An abdominal [...]


  • Entering the Job Market as an Entry-Level Coder

    Entry Date October 1, 2014 8:00 AM

    Putting in the time and effort required to finish the coding program and get certified is a big step, an essential one—like putting on pants before leaving the house. Getting ready for the day also requires putting on a shirt (“top” or “blouse” for the ladies) and (hopefully) brushing your [...]


  • EHR Capabilities Can Open the Door to Billing Fraud

    Entry Date September 24, 2014 10:31 AM
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    Electronic health records are a wonderful advancement in the way we document healthcare. Health records with electronic access are intended to provide interoperability of healthcare documentation between providers, payers, and patients. This allows for healthcare that is more timely, more focused, and more pertinent to the needs of the patient [...]


  • Clinical Documentation Improvement

    Entry Date September 17, 2014 8:00 AM
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    When working as a medical coder you might hear the phrase “If it was not documented, it was not done.” This is an important concept that medical coders need to understand to be successful. The medical record for each patient contains the clinical documentation provided by the physician. There are [...]


  • Decoding the Interview Questions for a Medical Coding Job

    Entry Date September 15, 2014 4:30 PM
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    Medical coding and billing is an integral part of the healthcare industry and serves as an important part of the day-to-day operations of any healthcare facility. In order to handle all of the responsibilities the job entails, training, discipline, and professionalism are all very important factors, and employers will be [...]


  • Build a PCS code

    Entry Date September 10, 2014 8:00 AM
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    Here are a few tips for building an ICD-10-PCS code. Grab an ICD-10-PCS book, start in the index, and reference the root operation (a list of root operations with their definitions is found in Appendix A).  Next, reference the body part, and any other specifications in the sub-terms of the [...]


  • Frustrated by the Coding Practicum?

    Entry Date September 3, 2014 8:00 AM

    You just got through the coding modules. E/M coding almost killed you, but you survived. Now you’re looking back and wondering if you remember anything from the last four modules. At the same time, you are looking ahead at the giant pile of reports to code in the practicum; you [...]


  • Career Step Releases New Video to Help Students Explore the Medical Coding and Billing Field

    Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training, has released a new video designed to help students and career seekers explore the opportunities available in the medical coding and billing field. The video details what medical coders and billers do, what the current demand is for these [...]


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