There’s always room for improvement, and whether you’re an experienced coder, a newbie who’s still trying to land that first job, or anywhere in between, here are 3 ways you can improve your coding skills.
1. Read, Understand and Apply the Guidelines
The first step to improve your coding is to become familiar with the guidelines. ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS guidelines are printed in the front of each of the ICD-10 books. Additionally, you may access the guidelines online through the CMS websites:
2. Pay Attention to Details in the Documentation
The second step in improving your coding is to pay particular attention to the details documented in the medical record. ICD-10 is very specific, one detail in the documentation can impact the code selected. As you become more and more familiar with the code set you will naturally begin to pay attention to the particular details in the medical record documentation that are relevant and impact code selection.
3. Practice, Receive Feedback, Learn, and Improve
The third step in improving your coding is to practice, educate yourself, and make needed corrections. AAPC and AHIMA are excellent professional resources for obtaining additional information and finding extra practice with your coding skills. Often receiving a denied claim is the best teacher to remember those modifiers, or to check the coding clinics or payer policies for additional information and try to remember it for next time!
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