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  • ICD-10 Is Coming! Are You Ready?

    August 17, 2015 • Coding and Billing

    The medical coding industry is in for a major upheaval: after many delays, the ICD-10 coding system is set to roll out October 1. Are you ready? What does this transition mean for your medical billing and coding career? Here are some ideas—and reminders!—to help current and aspiring medical coding [...]

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  • ICD-10-PCS Fifth Character: The Approach

    August 12, 2015 • Coding and Billing

    Do you struggle when coding the approach of a surgery on a PCS code?  Try using the following definitions, examples, and thought processes. The fifth digit of a PCS code identifies the technique or approach used to reach the procedure site.  There are seven different approaches each with their own [...]

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  • Reality Check: Is Medical Coding Really as Difficult as You Think?

    Medical coding and billing careers are in-demand—a 50% shortage is expected nationwide by the end of the year, meaning a great job is waiting for you! So don’t get discouraged if a medical coding training program seems too hard to begin or finish; it may be easier than you think. [...]

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  • Medical Coding: Job vs. Career

    July 22, 2015 • Coding and Billing

    Job – A specific task done as part of a routine; a duty or responsibility; the process, requirements or details of working. Profession – A vocation requiring knowledge of some department of learning or science. Career – An occupation or profession, especially one requiring special training. For some people, their [...]

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  • My Career Step: Evelynn McCulloch-Owens

    At the end of 2013, I decided I wanted and needed a career change as I had been working as a dispatcher for almost 10 years and had no room for advancement. I wanted a career in the medical field and to have opportunities for growth, but I wasn’t exactly [...]

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  • Healthcare Changes and Their Impact on Medical Coding & Billing

    July 6, 2015 • Coding and Billing

    The healthcare industry has changed dramatically in the last few years, and it looks like the winds of change will only continue to blow! With more and more legislation, policies, and tech advancements, it’s an exciting time to be in a healthcare profession—especially for those in medical billing and coding [...]

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  • Life after ICD-10

    June 24, 2015 • Coding and Billing

    As you well know, the most current date for ICD-10 implementation, Oct. 1, 2015, is fast approaching. As we hurtle along toward that fateful day, it seems the most immediate question on the minds of those involved both inside and outside the healthcare industry is “Will there be another delay [...]

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  • Professional Development

    June 17, 2015 • Coding and Billing

    I have worked at Career Step for the past 11 years. The main reason I have worked at Career Step for this long is because they help each employee in their professional development. They provide the tools and training needed to assist each employee in their professional development. There is [...]

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  • Tech Troubles?

    June 10, 2015 • Coding and Billing

    Ever run into an issue with your computer after Career Step’s business hours? Career Step provides technical support to our students during business hours; however, what if you are working during a weekend, a holiday, or sometime in the middle of the night and need assistance?  You can always send [...]

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  • Now Is The Time Medical Coders: Get Trained for ICD-10

    June 8, 2015 • Coding and Billing

    An update to our code system may seem dry and annoying, but it is essential for accuracy and communication for each person’s—and the world’s—health. For example, the United States’ current health coding system does not include Ebola or even various strands of influenza. In fact, when Ebola hit, doctors and [...]

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