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Quiz: Ensure Accurate ICD-10-CM 2018 Coding for Antenatal Screening and Maternal Care

22. February 2018

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Birth defects are a leading cause of infant mortality in the U.S. In fact, about 5,500 infants in the country die each year due to birth defects. In an effort to bring down that rate, the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) marked January 2018 as National Birth Defects Prevention Month. The theme for this […]

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Flu Alert! Keep Your 2017-2018 Vaccination Claims in the Clear

15. February 2018

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This is the flu season. If you are not sick, there is a good chance some of your family, friends, or acquaintances are. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned providers about the rise of “influenza A (H3N2),” affecting more patients and leading to more hospitalizations. Influenza vaccinations have been in the spotlight […]

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Medical Coding Data Files

14. February 2018

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Hiring a Medical Scribe in Your Practice? Here’s What You Need to Know

13. February 2018

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To minimize the clerical load linked to electronic health record (EHR) data entry, physicians across the U.S. are increasingly turning to medical scribes. In fact, an estimate by scribe employer ScribeAmerica predicts that as many as 100,000 scribes may be working in this country by 2020! And why not? A recent study indicates that using […]

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CMS Spring News: Check Out Special Enrollment Periods, QPP Resources, and Quarterly Updates

12. February 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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Here’s How New Hysterectomy Code 58575 Compares to Other Code Options

24. January 2018

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We’re coming to the end of Cervical Health Awareness Month, in case you didn’t know. And in a roundabout way, that makes me think of the new 2018 hysterectomy code 58575 (Laparoscopy, surgical, total hysterectomy for resection of malignancy (tumor debulking), with omentectomy including salpingo-oophorectomy, unilateral or bilateral, when performed). How does this new code […]

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CPT® 2018 Quiz: Can You Say Laparoscopic Esophagectomy Three Times Fast?

19. January 2018

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Have you mastered which laparoscopic esophagectomy procedures match to the three new options in the CPT® 2018 code set? The descriptors for 43286-43288 are dense, packed with anatomic and surgical terms that sometimes hit the eight-syllable mark. So if you know which terms to look for in your documentation to help narrow down your code […]

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Did You Catch It? New Year, New Look for CLFS

17. January 2018

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Your 2018 preparations for lab coding aren’t complete if you haven’t looked into the changes to the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS). Here are some hints from Pathology/Lab Coder to point you in the right direction. Get an Overview of the CLFS Makeover The 2018 CLFS brought a major overhaul to payment for lab testing. […]

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Avoid This $45 Mistake! Know the Difference Between US Codes 76881 and 76882

4. January 2018

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Many specialties provide joint ultrasounds, including radiology, podiatry, and orthopedics. And that means many specialty coders need to know about changes to the descriptors and guidelines for ultrasound (US) codes 76881 and 76882 in the CPT® 2018 code set. Use this quick primer to be sure you’re using these revised codes correctly for 2018 dates […]

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Compare and Contrast 94620 and Its Replacement Codes for Pulmonary Testing

8. December 2017

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Pulmonology coders are saying goodbye to a common pulmonary stress testing code on Jan. 1, 2018. Here’s what’s replacing it, along with some Medicare Physician Fee Schedule details to help you get a better handle on the new codes. Compare the Code Descriptors In 2017, you use 94620 (Pulmonary stress testing; simple (eg, 6-minute walk […]

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