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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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  • Why Choose Career Step for Your Medical Coding Education?

    November 26, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    Career Step is an outstanding choice for medical coding and billing education because we’re a leader in career training programs specific to medical coding and billing. If you’re already one of our students, congrats on choosing one of the best programs out there! You can train with the confidence of [...]

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  • 2014 CPT Updates

    November 22, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    There has been a lot of emphasis on learning ICD-10 over the last several months. This will continue until the implementation date of October 1, 2014. However, there is another code set that will also see significant changes in 2014: the CPT code set. The 2014 CPT code book will [...]

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  • Technology and Healthcare

    November 15, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    Technology was a hot topic at the AHIMA national conference this year.  New advancements such as social media, mobile devices, iPads, iPhones, online networking, and mobile apps are changing the expectations of healthcare.  The use of technology helps health information departments and healthcare providers shorten delays, reduce cycle claims, reduce [...]

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  • Technology and the Implementation of ICD-10

    November 7, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    Two major themes at the AHIMA convention in Atlanta last week were technology and the implementation of the ICD-10 code sets. Technology is changing the way we interact with our physicians—my doctor carries an iPad around the office as a mobile way to make clinic notes that are later entered [...]

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