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Tag: medical coding

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Winter injuries: Documenting to tell the story

Jan. 25, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, MS, 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 […]

Doctor and nurse reviewing medical chart in clinic

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Differing perspectives of the medical record

Jan. 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?

Nov. 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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How have you adapted to the electronic world?

Oct. 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

Sept. 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

Aug. 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

Feb. 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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Coding for meaningful data and the limitations of “correct coding”

April 10, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

When coders say “coding is an art,” they don’t mean art—they don’t imagine themselves creating little medical record haiku. Describing coding as an art is a way of saying that […]

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What are codes for, really? Research and quality, or money, money, and more money?

April 7, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

Codes and coding are back in the headlines. A recent in-depth New York Times article examines the labyrinth of coding and billing, and asserts that coding is one reason for […]

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What are codes for anyway?

Feb. 22, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

I don’t know about you guys, but around this time of year, when it seems like spring will never come again, ever, the restless imp in my head starts questioning […]