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deborahm - who has written 185 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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Report Codes for Newborns? Bookmark This Maternal Drug List for Oct. 1, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

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Opioid use has been getting a lot of attention lately, so it’s worth noting that ICD-10-CM 2019 is all set to include a code for a newborn affected by maternal use of opiates. That code was just one of ICD-10-CM 2019’s new additions in category P04.-. To help you find the right code faster when […]

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35 Category III Code Updates Announced! Get to Know Them Fast

Thursday, July 5, 2018

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Four new Category III codes were effective July 1, 2018. But that’s just a warmup to the 35 changes planned for Jan. 1, 2019. Check this summary to see where you need to focus for updates. Remember: The final list of codes may change before implementation, so be sure you use the final, correct list […]

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ICD-10-CM 2019: Add These Surgical Wound Infection Codes to Your Toolkit

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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If you read our ICD-10-CM 2019 overview, you know to expect new surgical wound infection codes effective Oct. 1, 2018. Get to know the notes with the codes to be sure you can match your documentation to these more specific 2019 diagnosis codes when the time comes. Ob-Gyn Coders, Don’t Miss These Changes The first […]

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Clean Up Finger Fracture Coding With This S62.6- Documentation Primer

Friday, June 22, 2018

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ICD-10-CM 2019 is swapping the term “medial phalanx” to “middle phalanx” in 10 finger fracture codes. It’s a simple change, but it’s a reminder of the various factors involved in fracture coding. To help your orthopedic coding and documentation keep up with ICD-10-CM specificity, here’s a documentation checklist to help you find the right code […]

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Start Using These 7 PLA Oncology Codes on July 1, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

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We’ve been on a roll with coding updates lately, so let’s keep that momentum going! The July 2018 updates are bringing changes for Proprietary Laboratory Analyses (PLA) CPT® codes. The codes won’t be published in the printed manual until 2019, but the updates are effective July 1, 2018. Seven of the 17 new codes are […]

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Even More Tips to Get ICD-10-CM 2019 Update Prep Rolling (Part 2)

Friday, June 15, 2018

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Our coverage of ICD-10-CM 2019 updates continues here! In Part 1, you read about diagnosis coding for everything from eyelid disorders to urethral strictures. But there’s more to learn, so let’s keep going! Keep in mind: Below are just some of the highlights from the new code set, not a complete listing. Plus, the codes […]

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Breaking News: Get an ICD-10-CM 2019 Overview (Part 1)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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The preliminary ICD-10-CM 2019 code list shows roughly 280 new reportable codes and about 170 revisions. As you check into the 2019 diagnosis code changes, here are some trends and highlights to be alert for. (Watch for more coverage of the 2019 ICD-10-CM updates in the next post.) Remember: This is a preliminary list. The […]

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Cataract Claims Double Dipped? These RACs Are Checking

Friday, June 8, 2018

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If you perform cataract removal services in RAC regions 1, 2, or 3, be on alert. Coding and unit errors are under the spotlight. Here’s the scoop. What & Where: Learn the RACs and Regions Involved RACs Cotiviti Healthcare and Performant have both posted the following as approved audit issues: 0083 – Cataract Removal Excessive […]

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2019 Updates on the Horizon: See What’s Coming for ICD-10-PCS

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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You may have noticed 2019 ICD-10-PCS changes already posted on your TCI SuperCoder Coding Tools page, if that’s your medical coding software. (2019 … whoa!) Let’s check out the trends in the new 2019 ICD-10-PCS codes for inpatient reporting. The numbers: There are 392 new codes, eight revised titles, and 216 deleted codes, according to […]

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Prep Time! July 2018 MPFS Updates Bring More Than RVU Changes

Friday, June 1, 2018

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We’re a month away from the July 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) update. These quarterly changes are easy to overlook, but checking any fee schedule update is important. Even if, for some reason, you’re not interested in RVU changes, there may be changes to indicators (like PC/TC) that affect proper reporting. Here are some […]

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