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Focus on Glaucoma: How to Code for Screenings

7. June 2016

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Glaucoma: Hippocrates used this name to describe blindness caused by a glazed-looking pupil. Today, the term refers to a group of eye diseases that affects about 3 million Americans and is among the leading causes of blindness. According to the National Eye Institute, without treatment, glaucoma damages the optic nerve, leading to vision loss and […]

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WHO’s ‘World No Tobacco Day’ Calls for Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products

16. May 2016

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If you’re of a certain age, some television cigarette advertisements are still vivid in your mind. I hated breathing the ubiquitous second-hand cigarette smoke of the 1960s, but I loved the Marlboro Man advertisements, and I missed them when they left the airwaves due to federal mandate on January 2, 1971. Since then, at least […]

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Don’t Burst Open Your Claims With Appendectomy Reporting Mistakes

12. May 2016

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Who would have guessed that reporting an appendectomy could be complicated? But incorrectly report the procedure excising that little blind pouch that hangs off the end of the cecum — and you could find your provider getting significantly underpaid. Here are three tips that will help you correctly report this common general surgical procedure. 1. […]

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Are You Aware? Of Arthritis Awareness Month, That Is

4. May 2016

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The merry month of May — it’s time for the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, the first two legs of horse racing’s Triple Crown. It’s time for May Day. And of course we can’t forget Cinco de Mayo! But arthritis? Yes, May is Arthritis Awareness Month in the United States, focusing on motivating people to […]

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Tips for Reporting Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatment

26. April 2016

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If you think HBO stands for Home Box Office, the cable TV network where you watch “Game of Thrones,” you’re right — but in healthcare, there’s another HBO. For us, HBO stands for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In this type of HBO, providers and technicians place a patient in a pressure chamber, exposing the body to oxygen […]

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Get a Charge out of Cardiology With Cardioversion and Defibrillation Tips

19. April 2016

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Cardioversions and defibrillations — they sound similar, and without crystal clear, specific physician documentation, often coders have a hard time telling which of these services has been performed in the emergency department. That’s why it’s a good idea to learn more about these procedures so you can code them properly, and thus get your facility […]

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Eradication, Prevention in the Spotlight on World Malaria Day

14. April 2016

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Think malaria affects only countries far from the United States? Think again. Malaria is an ancient disease that was widespread across the continental United States fewer than 100 years ago. Today, about 1,500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States each year, almost all in travelers who have returned from countries where malaria […]

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Follow the Guidelines for Diabetic Foot Care Coding

8. April 2016

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With the susceptibility diabetics have for losing feeling in their feet — a condition called loss of protective sensation, or LOPS — good foot care is vital for people with diabetes. When people develop diabetic sensory neuropathy and LOPS, they may be unable to feel when a stone gets lodged in their shoe, or if they step […]

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Coding for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

7. April 2016

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The genetic disease cystic fibrosis isn’t all that common — according to surgeon and public health researcher Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, only about a thousand children are diagnosed each year in the United States as having it. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation says that 30,000 Americans currently live with the condition, and more than half of […]

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Check Out the AACE/ACE 2016 Update on Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes

5. April 2016

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Public health experts classify diabetes mellitus types 1 and 2 as major public health risks. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one out of every three Americans, or 86 million people, have prediabetes! With risks ranging from heart disease to limb loss and more, diabetes mellitus is a frightening disease that […]

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