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deborahm - who has written 139 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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Knock Out 99285 Confusion Now – This ED Code Is Getting Noticed

Friday, February 16, 2018

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The highest level emergency department code, 99285, is popular. A comparative billing report (CBR) by eGlobalTech recently showed the national percentage of emergency department services submitted with 99285 was 55 percent. And when the highest level E/M code in a group is getting that much use, you know there’s going to be some scrutiny. Here’s […]

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CMS Spring News: Check Out Special Enrollment Periods, QPP Resources, and Quarterly Updates

Monday, February 12, 2018

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How are you doing this February? I’m looking at some snow, myself. But these three news pieces from CMS show that spring is right around the corner. Don’t miss these deadlines on MIPS suggestions, special enrollment, and HCPCS Q2 implementation. 1. By March 1: Make Your Voice Heard on MIPS If you’ve got suggestions for […]

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3 Smart Ways to Prep for New Medicare Cards

Friday, February 9, 2018

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To comply with MACRA, CMS is removing social security numbers from Medicare cards. The goal is to help prevent identity theft. Here are three ways you can prepare for this big change. 1. Familiarize Yourself With the New Look The look of the new cards won’t be a drastic change from the old ones. They’re […]

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$36.2 Billion in Improper Payments Means CMS Will Watch These Areas

Monday, February 5, 2018

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A 90.5 percent accuracy rate for Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) payments may not sound too bad, but consider that the 9.5 percent improper payment rate adds up to $36.2 billion! That’s the news from the 2017 Medicare Fee-for-Service Supplemental Improper Payment Data report based on Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT). Smart move: Reviewing CERT results can […]

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CMS Says No to Texting Orders (What Emoji Would That Be, Anyway?)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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If providers want official proof they shouldn’t be texting orders, direct them to a recent memo from CMS, “Texting of Patient Information Among Healthcare Providers.” Memo summary: Nope. Just don’t do it. Don’t text orders. And if you’re going to text other members of the healthcare team about patients, keep security in mind. Here’s Why […]

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Spotlight K21.- to Keep GERD Coding Under Control

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition treated in a lot of doctors’ offices, so coding for this diagnosis deserves some careful attention. What is it? GERD involves acid reflux that occurs frequently. When the valve separating the esophagus and stomach doesn’t work appropriately, the stomach acid can travel up the esophagus, the tube from […]

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CPT® 2018 Quiz: Can You Say Laparoscopic Esophagectomy Three Times Fast?

Friday, January 19, 2018

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Have you mastered which laparoscopic esophagectomy procedures match to the three new options in the CPT® 2018 code set? The descriptors for 43286-43288 are dense, packed with anatomic and surgical terms that sometimes hit the eight-syllable mark. So if you know which terms to look for in your documentation to help narrow down your code […]

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Did You Catch It? New Year, New Look for CLFS

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Your 2018 preparations for lab coding aren’t complete if you haven’t looked into the changes to the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS). Here are some hints from Pathology/Lab Coder to point you in the right direction. Get an Overview of the CLFS Makeover The 2018 CLFS brought a major overhaul to payment for lab testing. […]

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Skill Sharpener: Add to Your Cardiogenic Shock Coding Knowledge

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Cardiogenic shock may affect treatment outcomes for patients with multivessel coronary artery disease and acute myocardial infarction, so it’s an important diagnosis to document. What is cardiogenic shock, and what are the ICD-10-CM codes for it? Let’s take a look. Get to Know the Diagnosis A patient with the medical emergency known as cardiogenic shock […]

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Survey Says: 83 Percent of Physicians Report Cybersecurity Attacks

Monday, January 8, 2018

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Four out of five U.S. physicians surveyed reported experiencing a cyberattack, according to research from the AMA and Accenture. The role of electronic health information is growing, and the information itself is attractive to criminals interested in gaining private information. All of that makes cybersecurity a crucial issue for the healthcare industry and every patient, […]

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