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  • Career Step Graduate Review: Diane Spoehr

    March 13, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    Graduate Spotlight – Diane Spoehr It is a compliment to have been asked to write of my experience for the Career Step Coding Bulletin; as a new student I imagined how great I’d feel if I ever graduated, and now here I am!  When my husband, two sons, and I [...]

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  • New Psychotherapy CPT Codes - CPT Codes 2013

    February 28, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    CPT codes for psychotherapy have been updated for the 2013 year! It has been 30 years since anybody has reevaluated the psychotherapy codes; many changes have been made in the practice and the specialty was ready for a change in the codes to more thoroughly describe the practice. Several new [...]

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  • Using the Modifier 50 CPT Code

    February 14, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    Modifier 50 is used to report a bilateral procedure. This modifier is only to be appended to a CPT code when the same procedure is performed on both sides of the body during the same operative session.  Modifier 50 is not applicable with procedures that are bilateral in nature or [...]

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  • Coding Long Term Insulin Use For Type 1 Diabetics

    February 1, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    Question: I assigned code V58.67 on a record for a patient who is type 1 diabetic and using daily insulin injections. I was told this was incorrect. Don’t the coding guidelines say I need to report this code for diabetic patients who are using insulin? Answer: The use of code [...]

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  • ICD-9-CM - Selection of Principal Procedure

    January 4, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    In the fourth quarter AHA Coding Clinic for ICD-9-CM the reporting of the principal procedure is clarified. Prior to this coding clinic the definition of the principal procedure was ambiguous and open to interpretation. The reason why this is important, especially for certified medical coders, is because the assignment of [...]

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  • ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Coding: 948 Category of Codes for Burns

    December 7, 2012 • Coding and Billing

    If you are taking online medical billing and coding classes or considering enrolling into one, you can learn a lot by reading this post. Below is a scenario you may encounter often as a medical billing and coding professional. Diagnosis: Male patient admitted for treatment of burns comprised of 1st, [...]

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  • Computer Assisted Coding

    November 6, 2012 • Coding and Billing

    Computer assisted coding or CAC is an exciting technological development in the world of coding. Contrary to what some people may think, the implementation of computer assisted coding will not replace the need for certified coding professionals. The goal of computer assisted coding is to increase the accuracy, productivity and [...]

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  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) System - Benefits & Impact

    October 22, 2012 • Coding and Billing

    EHRs are essential to increasing the quality of health care and improving patient safety. The benefits of EHRs range from information integration to increased efficiency of clinical processes. These benefits impact patients, physicians and the medical community as a whole: Patients – EHRs give health care providers the tools they [...]

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  • The Transition to ICD-10

    October 8, 2012 • Coding and Billing

    Most anyone involved with delivering, receiving or billing for healthcare has heard the buzz about the upcoming implementation of ICD-10. One population that will feel the greatest impact of the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is medical coders. Introduction of the new code set will permeate literally every aspect of [...]

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  • Back to the Basics

    August 29, 2012 • Coding and Billing

    As summer winds down and the leaves begin to turn students of all ages head back to school.  Some of us may remember the process of preparing for school every year and what needed to occur on a daily basis to stay on top of school assignments.  Similar preparations and [...]

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