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deborahm - who has written 155 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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Understand Screening vs. Diagnostic With This Mammography Coding Snapshot

Monday, March 12, 2018

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When the CPT® 2017 code set introduced 77065-77067 for mammography, CMS hung on to HCPCS options G0202, G0204, and G0206 a while longer. But now Medicare accepts the CPT® codes, and the HCPCS options have been sent to the discontinued-code pile. Here’s helpful information on screening vs. diagnostic mammography to help you use the CPT® […]

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Answer These Questions to Pinpoint the Correct Coronary Atherosclerosis Code

Friday, March 9, 2018

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About a month ago, yet another report came out about whether omega-3 supplements make a difference in cardiovascular disease risk. The findings of this particular meta-analysis were that supplementation may not reduce coronary heart disease in people at high risk of the disease and more study is needed. But while the research continues, plenty of […]

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Turn Back Time With These 2018 MPFS Updates

Monday, March 5, 2018

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  Keeping up with 2018 updates to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) is one thing. Knowing which ones are retroactive adds a whole other level to ensuring you’re applying the right information to your claims. Today we’re covering two groups of retroactive MPFS changes. Watch for Work GPCI Floor Increase If you’re in an […]

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Move Over Q1 MUEs … April 1 Changes Are Coming

Thursday, March 1, 2018

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  Hey, early birds. Have you checked out the Q2 updates to Medically Unlikely Edits (MUEs)? CMS provides spreadsheets showing quarterly updates so you can see the changes and start preparing ahead of time. Here are some highlights from the changes effective April 1, 2018, to existing practitioner MUE values, along with some tips on […]

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Complete This Scavenger Hunt to Rule Path/Lab in 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

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Every medical specialty has its coding nuances, but pathology and lab coding has to rank near the top when it comes to specialized rules. And just when you thought you’d mastered them all, 2018 came along to add more for you to learn. Ready to test your skills? Below you’ll find a scavenger hunt of […]

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Look to .11 When Documentation Shows Substance Abuse ‘In Remission’

Friday, February 23, 2018

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Substance abuse disorder coding got more detailed options and clarifying notes in the 2018 version of ICD-10-CM. The good news is that now that we’re a few months in, you may have noticed that these changes helped bring your code choices more in line with current clinical practice. Here’s a refresher on how your code […]

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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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