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  • Social Media and Physician Practices

    Entry Date November 19, 2014 8:00 AM
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    In the August 2014 edition of Healthcare Business Monthly, there is an article that addresses social media and physician practices. The article starts out by saying, “Social media can be an exciting and valuable tool when used wisely; however, it can also put a practice at risk. If you haven’t [...]


  • New Modifiers to Supplement 59

    Entry Date November 12, 2014 8:00 AM
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    CMS announced four new modifiers that will go into effect January 5, 2015.  These modifiers are to be used in lieu of modifier 59, Distinct Procedural Service.  The new modifiers provide more specificity and will help to identify the different sub-sets of instances where modifier 59 is traditionally used. The [...]


  • Dear Coding Support: Calming the Final Exam Panic

    Entry Date November 5, 2014 8:00 AM

    Dear Coding Support, I am going back through the coding modules to study for the final.  I am causing myself to second guess everything.  I am stressing and self-doubting. There are knots in my stomach, and a voice in my head keeps saying, “It will be ok,” but then another [...]


  • Infographic: Medical Coding Career Paths

    Entry Date October 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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    Just because you want to get trained and working quickly doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice career advancement later on. Medical coding and billing is a great career option if you’re looking for something that will let you start working without needing a degree, but still has plenty of opportunities [...]


  • From Education to Medical Coding: Nicole Turkington

    Entry Date October 29, 2014 8:00 AM

    My name is Nicole Turkington, and I’m a recent graduate of the Medical Coding/Billing program from Career Step. I live in a small town in Wisconsin where I taught at two rural elementary schools in the last five years. I wasn’t happy with the way the education system was heading, [...]


  • The Careful Student’s 10-point School Checklist

    Whether you’re deciding which schools should be on your short list or trying to decide between schools, it helps to have a checklist to judge against. We’ve put together this checklist to help in your decision making! 1. Education Type Do you want to earn a degree or can you [...]


  • ICD-10 and the Ebola Outbreak

    Entry Date October 22, 2014 8:00 AM

    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 [...]


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