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deborahm - who has written 116 posts on SuperCoder Blog.

Deborah concentrates on coding and compliance for radiology and cardiology, including the tricky world of interventional procedures, as well as oncology and hematology. Since joining The Coding Institute in 2004, she’s also covered the ins and outs of coding for orthopedics, audiology, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), and more.

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For World Anesthesia Day, Here’s What’s New in CPT® 2018 for 00000-Range Codes

Friday, October 13, 2017

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October 16 is World Anesthesia Day because the first successful demonstration of ether anesthesia occurred on that date in 1846. Boston dentist William Morton administered the ether to a patient undergoing removal of a neck tumor. Mark me down in the glad-anesthesia-is-available column. In honor of World Anesthesia Day on Monday, let’s look at what’s […]

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Observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Increased Neoplasm Coding Know-How

Monday, October 9, 2017

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You may be familiar with the statistic that roughly one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer. For men, the lifetime risk is about 1 in 1,000. The expansion of male breast cancer diagnosis codes to be as specific to site as female breast cancer codes was […]

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Get the Big Picture With CPT® 2018 Radiology Deletions and Revisions

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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We’ve already talked about new CPT® 2018 codes in an overview (Part 1 and Part 2) and a more specific path/lab post. Now let’s start digging in a little more. Today we’ll look at some of the radiology chapter revisions and deletions related to code additions in CPT® 2018, which is effective on Jan. 1, […]

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What Does ICD-10 Have to Do With Prescriptions to Treat Acute Pain?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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We’re just days away from ICD-10 2018 implementation. One group with ICD-10-CM on the brain may be Ohio pharmacists. Here’s why: Effective Dec. 29, 2017, there will be new rules in Ohio for prescribing opioids. One of the requirements is for the prescription to include “The ICD-10-CM medical diagnosis code of the primary disease or […]

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Straight From the Source: Use Modifier 25 the Right Way With CCI Manual Tips

Friday, September 22, 2017

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It can be tricky knowing when to append modifier 25 (Significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management service by the same physician or other qualified health care professional on the same day of the procedure or other service). More specifically it can be tough to determine whether work performed by a provider amounts to a separate […]

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Why HHS Says It’s Focusing on Disenrollment Data in MA Plan Oversight

Monday, September 18, 2017

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Sicker patients seem to be dropping out of some Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report from April 2017. Here’s a closer look at the report and the entities involved. A Brief Look at MAs and Their 17.6 Million Beneficiaries CMS contracts with private entities to cover Medicare beneficiaries under […]

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Preview What’s New for Path/Lab in CPT® 2018

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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CPT® 2018 news is taking on momentum. Checking out the MPFS 2018 proposed rule offered us a handy preview of new codes coming in CPT® 2018 priced under MPFS. Let’s turn our attention now to what path/lab coders can expect. We’ll focus here on changes where you’ll have more than one new option to choose […]

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ICD-10-CM 2018: Focus on Partial and Complete for Intestinal Obstruction Coding Updates

Monday, September 11, 2017

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Intestinal obstruction coding changes are coming October 1 with ICD-10-CM 2018, meaning you need to be sure your documentation can stand up to new requirements. Here are some tips from General Surgery Coder to help you on your way. But first: For those of you with patients affected by recent hurricanes, the CDC has posted […]

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Will You Benefit From These MPFS Quarterly Update Changes?

Friday, September 8, 2017

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Keeping up with quarterly Medicare Physician Fee Schedule updates can be tough. One reason is that sometimes the changes are implemented on one date and effective in the past. Confused? Examples can help with that. The changes below have an implementation date of Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, as part of the October quarterly MPFS update. […]

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Are These ASCQR Resources on Your List?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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The Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program affects Medicare reimbursement for ASCs. In short, ASCs have to meet administrative, data collection, and data submission requirements to avoid a payment reduction. Here’s a look at some ASCQR resources recently listed in Outpatient Facility Coding Alert. 1. CMS ASCQR Page The CMS ASCQR page links to […]

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