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Understand Screening vs. Diagnostic With This Mammography Coding Snapshot

12. March 2018

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When the CPT® 2017 code set introduced 77065-77067 for mammography, CMS hung on to HCPCS options G0202, G0204, and G0206 a while longer. But now Medicare accepts the CPT® codes, and the HCPCS options have been sent to the discontinued-code pile. Here’s helpful information on screening vs. diagnostic mammography to help you use the CPT® […]

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Answer These Questions to Pinpoint the Correct Coronary Atherosclerosis Code

9. March 2018

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About a month ago, yet another report came out about whether omega-3 supplements make a difference in cardiovascular disease risk. The findings of this particular meta-analysis were that supplementation may not reduce coronary heart disease in people at high risk of the disease and more study is needed. But while the research continues, plenty of […]

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Complete This Scavenger Hunt to Rule Path/Lab in 2018

26. February 2018

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Every medical specialty has its coding nuances, but pathology and lab coding has to rank near the top when it comes to specialized rules. And just when you thought you’d mastered them all, 2018 came along to add more for you to learn. Ready to test your skills? Below you’ll find a scavenger hunt of […]

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Look to .11 When Documentation Shows Substance Abuse ‘In Remission’

23. February 2018

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Substance abuse disorder coding got more detailed options and clarifying notes in the 2018 version of ICD-10-CM. The good news is that now that we’re a few months in, you may have noticed that these changes helped bring your code choices more in line with current clinical practice. Here’s a refresher on how your code […]

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How to Overcome 4 Top Orthopedic Coding Challenges

24. January 2018

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As an orthopedic coder, you face numerous challenges ranging from coding for common fractures to taking stock of bundling issues. Here are some handy tips to help you and your practice overcome four common orthopedic challenges and stay on track to deserved reimbursement this year. 1. Cast Away Your Fracture Care Coding Confusion Orthopedic coders […]

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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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Skill Sharpener: Add to Your Cardiogenic Shock Coding Knowledge

10. January 2018

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Cardiogenic shock may affect treatment outcomes for patients with multivessel coronary artery disease and acute myocardial infarction, so it’s an important diagnosis to document. What is cardiogenic shock, and what are the ICD-10-CM codes for it? Let’s take a look. Get to Know the Diagnosis A patient with the medical emergency known as cardiogenic shock […]

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Dig In to the IPPS/MS-DRG Alphabet Soup

26. December 2017

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Inpatient facility coding and reimbursement come with their own Medicare language, and that includes a fair number of abbreviations. Here’s a beginning glossary to help next time you come across a jumble of letters related to inpatient coding. Hint: The terms are in alphabetical order, but if you’re new to this area, start by reading […]

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Here Comes Santa ‘Jaws’! Taste Success With This Tongue and Mouth Floor Coding Quiz

20. December 2017

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Need a break from the holiday madness? There’s nothing more relaxing than an anatomy quiz. Or if that’s not your flavor of fun, consider this a way to rev up for more accurate coding in 2018! The quiz below was inspired by an article in Otolaryngology Coding Alert, the newsletter included in Otolaryngology Coder. Get […]

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