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4 Motivators for Sticking to the Coding Straight and Narrow

Monday, May 8, 2017

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If you ever take the “throw everything out there and see what sticks” approach to coding, it’s time to rethink that strategy. Carefully choosing the wrong codes to bring in more money is no way to code either. Next time you need inspiration to steer clear of these methods, reach for these four reasons coding […]

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Disasters Happen: What Does Your Medicare Contractor Want You to Do Next?

Friday, October 21, 2016

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I’m feeling pretty lucky. When Hurricane Matthew blew through my town a couple of weeks ago, the worst I experienced was a three-day power outage and a flooded basement. Plenty of others nearby faced much worse. My town is several hours from the coast, so the degree of destruction took most of us by surprise, […]

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16000 or E/M? Recognize Signs to Simplify Sunburn Coding

Friday, July 22, 2016

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The weather forecast for my hometown this weekend is 98 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny. That heat means anyone outside is likely to have lots of skin exposed to the sun, and that’s a recipe for sunburn. Some patients can find even a first degree sunburn so uncomfortable that they decide a visit to the doctor […]

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Don’t Let These Coding Mistakes Cost Your Practice

Friday, September 18, 2015

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Upcoding, downcoding, and miscoding errors cost billions of dollars each year, according to a study of coding errors by the California Medicaid payer Medi-Cal. The study showed that the agency had paid more than $1 billion in inappropriate claims caused by incorrect reporting of codes — which providers had to repay. Documentation and Service Level Must Agree Upcoding was […]

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Top Tips for Workers’ Comp and Auto Insurance Claims

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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Medical billing is such a simple job — you just glance at the provider’s documentation, pop some codes into the computer, and send the claim on its way, right? Ha! Of course it’s not that easy. And even for experienced coders and billers, because of the way the rules vary, workers’ comp and motor vehicle […]

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Before You Jump on a Remuneration Offer, Figure Out What It Really Entails

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Follow these pointers on how to analyze a compensation package Say you’re eyeing two job offers where one pays quite a bit more than the other. You have to get the “rest of the story” to determine what you’ll really end up taking to the bank in either position. Do the math: If office A […]

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Is the Grass Really Greener?

Friday, June 8, 2012

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When you are working for an hourly wage, it’s tempting to jump to another office for a 25- or 50-cent raise. However, if you leave with money being the only consideration, you shortchange yourself in costly ways you might never realize. Before changing employment, make sure you consider the following: Benefit Waiting Periods Most health […]

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Be on the Lookout for Prescription Abusers

Monday, May 21, 2012

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If your medical office prescribes drugs for pain, people addicted to pain medication will sometimes try to get it by obtaining prescriptions from a doctor. Here are some typical phone tactics that abusers use to obtain prescriptions from an unsuspecting medical practice. The Phony Investigator Beware of the phone call from someone posing as an […]

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New SuperCoder Site Debuts on May 7

Friday, May 18, 2012

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Coding tools: CMS, CPT®, and ASA Allowed modifiers, CPT®↔HCPCS, and ICD-10 code search. If you’ve got a coding question, check out the annual coding answer subscriptions and single op report submissions. With prices as low as $3 a question, you’re sure to need a coding answer from SuperCoder’s education experts. Got a code hang up? […]

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Coders: Maximize Your Memory Power

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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Some memory impairment is inevitable as you age, but you can slow the process with these tips. While all of us want to have a razor sharp memory, but it is inevitable to forget vital information as we age and our memories are not as crystal clear as they once were. However, that’s something coders […]

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