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  • Don’t Deny the Denials

    Entry Date July 30, 2014 8:00 AM
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    The recent delay in the ICD-10 code system has given us additional time to learn this code set. In the June 2014 Journal of AHIMA there is an article titled Don’t Deny the Denials. This article addressed ways to be better prepared for the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS. In this article [...]


  • Become a Part of One of the Fastest Growing Healthcare Careers

    Entry Date July 25, 2014 8:00 AM
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    Have you ever wanted to be a part of the healthcare industry but felt you missed your chance at some point? Maybe you didn’t want to fork out thousands of dollars for school or maybe you were nervous about being in the clinical side of things. Either way, it’s not [...]


  • Refocusing on ICD-9-CM

    Entry Date July 23, 2014 8:00 AM
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    With the government mandate delaying the implementation of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS until at least October 1, 2015, the Health Information Management industry has had to switch gears from full speed ahead with ICD-10 to refocusing on the continued use of ICD-9-CM. The delay has tipped more than one apple cart [...]


  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam: Frequently Asked Questions

    Entry Date July 16, 2014 8:00 AM
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    So you’re thinking about a national certification exam? Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get from students and graduates preparing to get certified. For the most up-to-date information and more detail, you should visit the AHIMA website. CCA Exam FAQs (the exam is offered through AHIMA): How [...]


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    Did you know you can find Career Step on your favorite social media sites? We’re on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, and now INSTAGRAM too! Next time you’re checking out your Instagram feed take a few minutes to find Career Step and start following us. You’ll get to meet Career Step [...]


  • Exploring Root Operations for ICD-10-PCS: Occlusion and Restriction

    Entry Date July 9, 2014 8:00 AM
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    Occlusion and restriction are ICD-10-PCS root operations that alter the diameter or route of a tubular body part. Definitions Occulsion: Completely closing an orifice or lumen of a tubular body part Restriction: Partially closing an orifice or the lumen of a tubular body part An occlusion is coded when the [...]


  • Coding Orthopedic Injuries in ICD-10-CM And How It’s Different than ICD-9-CM

    Entry Date July 2, 2014 8:00 AM
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    The ICD-10-CM code set provides the opportunity for the coder to paint the clinical picture of a patient’s injuries/conditions in greater depth and with more clarity than the coding in ICD-9. An important way ICD-10 is different from ICD-9 is the addition of the convention to indicate laterality. This convention [...]


  • Medical Coding Guidelines

    Entry Date June 25, 2014 8:00 AM
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    In the May 2014 publication of the AAPC Healthcare Business Monthly I read an article that was very interesting. The title of this article is Guidelines? What Guidelines? This article talked about how medical coders rely on guidelines to assist them in assigning codes. The author, Ken Camilleis, made several [...]


  • Career Change After 50: I Became a Medical Coder

    Entry Date June 23, 2014 8:00 AM
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    I was ready for a career change so I researched to find my best option, and I chose the Career Step Medical Billing and Coding program. I liked that medical coding is an in-demand profession and that my age would not be an issue to entering the field. I also [...]


  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam: Frequently Asked Questions

    Entry Date June 18, 2014 8:00 AM
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    So you’re thinking about a national certification exam? Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get from students and graduates preparing to get certified. For the most up-to-date information and more detail, you should visit the AAPC website. CPC Exam FAQs (the CPC is offered through AAPC): How [...]


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