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  • Dear Cari

    April 22, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    Dear Cari, I am trying to code the following scenario. Can you provide me some assistance? A patient presents to the emergency room with SOB. A pulse oximetry reveals a low oxygen saturation. The emergency room physician’s report indicates SOB, hypoxemia, admit. The patient is admitted to inpatient status and [...]

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  • Recently Certified Career Step Graduates

    April 3, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    Congratulations to those that have recently reported passing a certification exam: 10/1/2012 – 12/31/2012 Ashleigh Sosebee -  12/27/2012 CCS Ashley Taylor -  10/3/2012 CCA Bethany Seidman -  12/1/2012 CPC Carrie Decker -  10/5/2012 CPC Christina Pierce -  11/30/2012 CCA Cristal Ewald -  12/8/2012 CPC Diana Hutchings -  11/17/2012 CPC Diane [...]

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  • New Medical Coding and Billing Students Will Now Receive Free ICD-10 FastTrack Course

    April 3, 2013 • Coding and BillingCareer Step

    Career Step has announced that all new Medical Coding and Billing students will now also receive a free enrollment in the school’s ICD-10 FastTrack course, which will be released this summer. “Our primary goal is to ensure our students graduate with the skills required to begin working in their chosen [...]

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  • Student Review: Jill Smithers

    March 27, 2013 • Coding and Billing

    Student Spotlight: Jill Smithers As I began to see a decline in my options as a secondary public school teacher, I kept thinking about becoming a medical coder. It seemed a great fit for me professionally, and I really believed that the job opportunities would be great because of the [...]

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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: Updated January 9, 2017 [...]

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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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