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  • Who Needs Certification?

    February 13, 2014 • Coding and Billing

    Who needs certification? You do! If your plan is to be a medical coder, you need to be certified. Credentials are important. The letters next to your name are not just to show off (ok, sometimes they are); they show you have the skills necessary to do the job. The [...]

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  • Dear Coding Support: Evaluation and Management Coding

    February 6, 2014 • Coding and Billing

    Dear Coding Support, Help! I am having a difficult time with evaluation and management coding. Deciphering between quality and severity HPI elements is a challenge. Every time I choose severity based on what the medical record is describing the answer key comes back and tells me I should have selected [...]

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  • Benefits of ICD-10

    January 31, 2014 • Coding and Billing

    The transition to ICD-10 is getting a lot of attention in the healthcare industry and as the implementation deadline looms ever closer more and more organizations are hurrying to make sure all their tools and processes are ready for the upcoming change. Amid all the hustle and bustle, I am [...]

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  • Learning ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding

    January 17, 2014 • Coding and Billing

    It is 2014 already! This is the year ICD-10 will be implemented. It is exciting that we are less than a year away from the implementation of ICD-10. You may be asking yourself when the best time to learn ICD-10 is. There are different opinions about when to start learning [...]

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  • 2014 HCPCS Book Update

    January 8, 2014 • Coding and Billing

    HCPCS level II codes are used to supplement CPT codes. They account for supplies, durable medical equipment, and other services not accounted for in the Level I CPT codes.  They are five digit alpha-numeric codes developed by the American Medical Association and used by Medicare and other payers.  The Center [...]

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  • EHR: Benefits to healthcare providers and impact for medical coders

    December 27, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    One of the hottest topics right now in the world of Health Information Management and even the news in general is the medical industry’s transition to an electronic format for managing patient’s health records. The electronic health record, or EHR, allows healthcare providers to record patient information in a variety [...]

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  • ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Certification

    December 20, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    The implementation of ICD-10 is less than a year away. For those of you entering the medical coding industry, you will need to become certified in ICD-10. For individuals who are already certified in ICD-10 you will need to be recertified in ICD-10 or receive a specific number of continuing [...]

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  • Healthy Documentation

    December 10, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    A recent article from Cutting Edge, the industry publication published by AAPC, discussed coders’ responsibility to communicate with physicians in order to improve documentation since proper documentation is the key to helping coders select the appropriate code(s). In Healthy Documentation Starts with You, Terri Brame clarified that coders’ role is [...]

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  • 2013 AAPC Salary Survey

    December 5, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    The American Academy of Professional Coders conducts a salary survey each year. Whether you’re already working as a coder, you’re studying to become one, or you’re considering medical coding as a possible career change, the 2013 Salary Survey has some encouraging information. Here’s a quick snapshot of the highlights: The [...]

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  • Graduate Advice: After Graduation

    December 2, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    Everyone has unique reasons for enrolling in the coding program with Career Step, but most share a common goal—the opportunity to learn, advance, and improve the overall quality of their lives. As a graduate support team, we regularly hear from graduates that have done so, and want to encourage those [...]

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