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Tag: medical coding

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ICD-10 diagnosis coding: The impact of equivocal language

April 17, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC, CPMA

Spring means different things depending on what part of the country you live in. For me, spring means melting snow, flowers and spring cleaning. This also seems like a good […]

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-X modifiers: They’re not just for unbundling

March 29, 2019 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

For several years now we’ve had four -X modifiers, generally presented as -X (E, P, S, U) which can be used instead of the -59 modifier to unbundle procedure codes […]

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Winter injuries: Documenting to tell the story

January 25, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC, CPMA

Welcome 2019! For me, this time of year means mostly freezing temperatures and snow, but I have Scandinavian blood and remind myself it’s the life I choose. I live in […]

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Differing perspectives of the medical record

January 21, 2019 / By Sheldon Barlow

The medical record is unique because it is written for various reasons and looked at from various perspectives. It is not only a written representation of a face-to-face medical interaction […]

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Do you have policies and procedures for interpreting coding guidelines?

November 7, 2018 / By Sheldon Barlow

Through my work as an auditor and clinical documentation improvement consultant, I have seen firsthand how healthcare organizations are structured and operate. While every organization is unique, they all have […]

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Article: Coding Corner: Getting Specific With Unlisted CPT Codes

With Karla VonEschen, CPC, CPMA

Correct use of unlisted CPT codes is one of the more confusing aspects of CPT coding for both coders and physicians. In her article, Karla VonEschen provides guidance.

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How have you adapted to the electronic world?

October 15, 2018 / By Cecilia Charles, RHIA

In today’s electronic world, is it possible to go completely paperless? Have you adapted to this new Jetsons-type world? Although it seems like yesterday, over a decade ago I managed […]

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New ICD-10 codes address human exploitation

September 26, 2018 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

Today, while reading an article about some upcoming new ICD-10 codes, my mind drifted to the part of the world population at risk for exploitation.  In response to increasing violence […]

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“Correct coding” means agreeing to agree

August 22, 2018 / By Rhonda Butler

I have said it before—I am not a fan of the term “correct coding” because it can so easily be misconstrued as being about individual interpretations of correct and incorrect, […]

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Coding the problem list

July 30, 2018 / By Monica Sanchez

The problem list is well known to the medical coding industry since codes based on the problem list are used for research and reimbursement. With the advent of the patient […]

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Mammograms and Modifier 52

February 12, 2018 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

In late December 2017, I was asked by a colleague for my opinion on a customer’s inquiry about modifier 52 and its use in mammograms. CPT® modifier 52 represents a […]

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Infographic: Navigating the coder shortage

If you’re facing rising backlogs, increased denials or additional compliance risks, this infographic can help you navigate your way back to coding accuracy and efficiency.