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deborahm - who has written 186 posts on SuperCoder Blog.

Deborah works on a wide range of TCI SuperCoder projects, researching and writing about coding, as well as assisting with data updates and tool development for our online coding solutions. Since joining TCI in 2004, she’s covered the ins and outs of coding for radiology, cardiology, oncology and hematology, orthopedics, audiology, and more.

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ICD-10-CM 2019: Know the Documentation You’ll Need for New Gallbladder and Cholangitis Codes

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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If you code cholecystitis or cholangitis, you’ll want to know these new codes when ICD-10-CM 2019 kicks in on Oct. 1, 2018. Check out the helpful hints below to be sure you know how to apply the codes from the get-go. Watch ‘Code First’ Note With New Cholecystitis Codes ICD-10-CM 2019 adds new subcategory K82.A- […]

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Modifier 58 or 78? Master These Confusing Modifiers

Monday, August 13, 2018

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Knowing when to use modifiers 58 and 78 isn’t easy. Base your choices on this straight-from-Medicare guidance to help ensure cleaner claims. Make Modifier 58 Your Choice for Anticipated Procedures Modifier 58 (Staged or related procedure or service by the same physician or other qualified health care professional during the postoperative period) is the focus […]

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Crash Course: Compare ICD-10-CM 2019 Official Guidelines for Post-Op Sepsis to 2018 Rules

Thursday, August 9, 2018

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The ICD-10-CM 2019 Official Guidelines are out and offer more details on how to use new codes for sepsis following a procedure. Take a look at what’s new and get a handle on how to sequence these codes. Remember These New Codes to Improve Sepsis Coding ICD-10-CM 2019 includes these two new codes with instructional […]

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Top Nuances to Know for the Medicare Card MBI Roll-Out

Monday, August 6, 2018

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Medicare began mailing out new cards in April 2018 to meet the deadline of replacing Social Security numbers/Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) with Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) by April 2019. Here are some tips you may have missed to help you with the transition. Don’t Use the Dashes! On the new Medicare cards and in […]

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Hot Topic: Get the Scoop on Proposed MPFS 2019 Changes to E/M Coding and Payment

Friday, August 3, 2018

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The 2019 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) includes some major potential changes to E/M coding and payment in its 665 pages. Major. Here are the highlights. Just remember that what’s below is proposed and may change before the final rule is implemented. Here’s the Big Payment News About Levels 2-5 Let’s get right to […]

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ICD-10-CM 2019: Here’s What You Need to Know About Appendicitis, Screenings, and Blepharitis

Monday, July 30, 2018

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ICD-10-CM 2019 implementation is just a couple of months away. The effective date, Oct. 1, 2018, is coming our way fast. Here are some interesting tidbits from our TCI Coding Alerts on the 2019 diagnosis code updates for appendicitis, screenings, and eye care to help you prepare. Bonus tip: The 2019 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for […]

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Did You Know? AHA Says Nonphysician Documentation Supports Z55-Z65

Thursday, July 26, 2018

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Reporting ICD-10-CM social information codes (Z55-Z65) based on documentation from nonphysicians is OK, according to official guidelines from the AHA. Before you change your approach to coding, here are the facts. Locate the Original Coding Clinic® Q&A In early 2018, AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS (vol. 5, no. 1) published an answer to […]

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3 Things to Know About Advanced Practice Providers in Your Practice

Friday, July 20, 2018

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Advanced practice providers (APPs), sometimes known as non-physician practitioners (NPPs), are essential members of the healthcare team and serve a lot of roles. But, of course, “essential” doesn’t mean they’re always easy to code for. Make sure you keep these top pointers in mind when you’re completing claims for APPs, such as physician assistants, certified […]

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Make Heart Failure Coding a Cinch With These Documentation Tips

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Cardiology got off fairly light when it comes to 2019 ICD-10-CM changes, so that means you can devote some extra time and energy to refreshing your skills for your top diagnoses, like heart failure. One of the biggest problems experts report seeing in heart failure coding is that documentation supports coding only unspecified heart failure. […]

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Will You Ace This Gynecology Cervical-Health Coding Quiz?

Monday, July 16, 2018

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Knowing uterine and cervical anatomy, and the difference between conization and biopsy will go a long way toward helping you with loop electrode excision procedure (LEEP) claims and other gynecology claims. This quiz helps give you a check up on terms and procedures. Read the Questions Here You’ve got two options for this quiz. If […]

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