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deborahm - who has written 119 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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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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ICD-10-CM 2018: Succeed at Heart Failure Coding With This New Note Walk-Through

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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We’re in the home stretch for ICD-10-CM 2018 prep, with about a month to go. We’ve covered the Official Guidelines, but you need to review the new instructions in the code set that come with code revisions, too. Case in point: Let’s take a closer look at the notes you’ll find with the updated diagnosis […]

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Part 2: What Does the MPFS Proposed Rule Reveal About CPT® 2018?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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Welcome to Part 2 of our look at what we can expect in CPT® 2018 based on what’s discussed in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 2018 Proposed Rule. Be sure to read Part 1 to get the complete picture. These are proposed codes, so of course keep checking back for in-depth updates once we start […]

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Part 1: What Does the MPFS Proposed Rule Reveal About CPT® 2018?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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When the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule comes out, it includes discussions of how to value new codes, and it’s fun to look for insights into the procedure codes that will be coming our way. Let’s take a quick tour of what’s expected for CPT® 2018 based on what’s in the pages of the […]

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Pair These ICD-10 2018 Official Guideline Updates With Their Code Set Counterparts

Friday, August 18, 2017

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The ICD-10-CM 2018 Official Guidelines are out and ready for review. When you check through the new OGs for changes, take special note of these updates that line up with 2018 code set revisions. Look at Level to Choose ‘In Remission’ Code When you start to apply new codes for substance abuse in remission (you’ll […]

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ICD-10 2018: This Is Why Documenting Site Matters for Undescended-Testicle Coding

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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Our initial overview of ICD-10-CM 2018 looked at specialties with a large number of changes. But there are plenty of important changes coming Oct. 1, 2017, that didn’t fit into that quick analysis. Case in point: Urology has some interesting new codes that will be important for anyone who reports services related to congenital undescended […]

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Catch Up on the Latest HCPCS 2017 Updates for Ob-Gyn

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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In “Learn the ABCs (and Zs) of IUD Coding” we covered HCPCS codes available for the supply of the IUD. But coding is ever-changing, and there’s a new option as of July 1 for Kyleena®. Check out that new option and other HCPCS changes effective July 1 relevant to ob-gyn. Tip: Want to see all […]

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Add ICD-10-CM Accuracy to Your Repeat Pap Smear Claims

Friday, July 28, 2017

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Right about now it feels like all eyes are on ICD-10-CM 2018 (and there are plenty of changes to deal with). But we’ve got to be sure codes for our current claims are accurate, too. Today let’s get back to basics with a look at how to handle diagnosis coding for repeat Pap smears. Zero […]

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