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deborahm - who has written 171 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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Ace FESS Coding Updates With This Quick Terminology Quiz

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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CPT® 2018 introduced several changes for nasal/sinus endoscopy codes, sometimes referred to as FESS codes. Otolaryngology coders need some real anatomy-terminology skills to apply these codes correctly, so here’s your chance to sharpen your knowledge. Look at the terms below. In some cases, you’ll see a related code tied to the term to help show […]

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ICD-10-CM Coding for ‘Vomiting’ Is Simple, Except When It’s Not

Friday, May 11, 2018

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Many coders have memorized R11.- (Nausea and vomiting). It’s a common complaint. But did you know that the diagnosis code for cyclical vomiting is in nervous system category G43.- (Migraine)? I was interested to see that when I read a recent Gastroenterology Coding Alert article. In a leap that perhaps only those in healthcare would […]

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After July HCPCS Updates, Match These Meds to Correct Codes Faster

Monday, May 7, 2018

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Thinking about summer? You aren’t the only one! CMS has posted a file with five Q codes that will be effective July 1, 2018. If you code for any of these supplies, plan ahead so you’re ready to change your coding when July comes. Watch mg to Separate SublocadeTM Codes for Opioid Use Disorder First […]

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Will ICD-11 Have a Code for ‘Struck by Turtle’?

Thursday, May 3, 2018

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Subcategory W59.22- (Struck by turtle) is an ICD-10-CM code that’s been in the blog a few times. So when I started playing with the WHO ICD-11 Coding Tool, I had to try “turtle” as a search term. No luck, but I did find PA71 (Unintentionally struck, kicked, or bumped by animal) after I changed my […]

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Get 1 Step Closer to 99285 Perfection With This HPI Primer

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Emergency medicine code 99285 seems to be popping up a lot lately because of potential overuse. To help give you your best chance at coding correctly, it helps to take a close look at each element involved. Today, let’s look at the history of present illness (HPI) requirement. The good news is that most of […]

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Thrombectomy, US, LHC: Did You Catch These Cardio CCI Manual Changes for 2018?

Monday, April 23, 2018

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National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI or CCI) is one of those hidden-depths areas of coding. If you cardiovascular coders know the major CCI edits that apply to you, you’ve got one layer down. But you need to know what’s in the policy manual (available here), too, if you truly want to code in compliance with […]

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Compare 38571-38573 Lymphadenectomy Codes At-a-Glance to Avoid Cutting Reimbursement in Half

Friday, April 20, 2018

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If you’re already familiar with laparoscopic bilateral total pelvic lymphadenectomy codes 38571 and 38572, you know the pattern. The second code descriptor builds on the first. When the CPT® 2018 code set added 38573, the new code descriptor followed that pattern, adding quite a few more requirements before you use the new code. Not sure […]

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Podiatry Alert: Here’s What Caused $330 Million in Improper Payments for Part B and DMEPOS

Monday, April 16, 2018

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We’ve talked about CERT 2017 report results before in this blog, but that’s mostly been Part B. Podiatry coders need to be thinking about DMEPOS, too. And based on the 70.5 percent error rate estimated for podiatry under DMEPOS, practices need to put that on their priority lists. Review the CERT Report Stats The “2017 […]

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$30 Million in Funding for QPP Measure Development With CMS Cooperative Agreement

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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Have you heard about the CMS program to partner with stakeholders to improve quality measures in the MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP)? Up to $30 million in funding and assistance is involved over three years. Here Are the Target Groups and Goals A blog post from CMS describes this measure development funding opportunity. Developing, improving, […]

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Get the Rundown on Rib Fracture ICD-10-CM Coding

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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The terms closed and open are major players for traumatic fracture diagnosis coding. Brush up on some basics with this focus on ICD-10-CM coding for rib fracture initial encounters. First, Find Fractures in the Index — You Know You Should! The ICD-10-CM index provides these entries for rib under the Fracture heading: Rib S22.3- With […]

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