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deborahm - who has written 217 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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Obstetrics: Take the Confusion Out of Pre-Existing Hypertension ICD-10-CM Coding

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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Hypertension is a common diagnosis, so a lot of specialties have to understand the rules for coding this condition. Obstetrics coders have to go one step further for hypertension and learn the specific rules for coding pre-existing hypertension in pregnancy, which is our focus today. Watch for Documentation of Pre-Existing or Gestational You’ll find the […]

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Pop Quiz: Test Your Assumptions About QPP 2019 Payment Year

Monday, December 10, 2018

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Understanding the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) is tough. But the data Medicare released from the 2017 performance year shows you were up for the challenge. And that’s good news because the 2017 performance year affects 2019 Medicare payments and maybe has helped you prepare for the 2019 performance year, too. Let’s see how you […]

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Do You Land in the Winner Column for MPFS 2019?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

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For the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), we’ve talked about E/M and a bit about remote monitoring. But now let’s take a general overview of the ups and downs expected for individual specialties. Know Where to Find the Info and What It Means Table 94 of the 2019 MPFS final rule is titled “CY […]

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Language Lesson: Add These Terms to Your MIPS 2019 Glossary to Save Research Time

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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When MACRA and MIPS come up, does it feel like speaking another language? For the 2019 performance year, there are even some new terms to learn. We’ve got the new language and tips on where you’ll see it used so you don’t have to spend time searching. Collection Type: Apply to Sets of Similar Quality […]

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ICD-10-CM: 3 Tips for More Accurate Hyperthyroidism Coding

Thursday, November 29, 2018

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ICD-10-CM includes a host of codes for hyperthyroidism, and that means your team’s documentation and coding skills need to be sharp. Here are some helpful hints to get you on your way. Learn Your Terms and Prefixes to Locate Codes Knowing medical anatomy and terminology is a must for coders, and that includes knowing that […]

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ICD-10-CM: Know Which Terms Lead to Codes for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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Generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder rank among the most common mental health disorders in the U.S. population. A variety of health professionals may see patients with these conditions, including primary care providers and specialists. That means knowing the diagnosis coding terminology below is beneficial for a lot of us in the field. Starting point: […]

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Black Friday Blog: 2 for 1 With 2019 HCPCS and CPT® News in 1 Post!

Friday, November 23, 2018

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Does coding news get you super-excited, even on Black Friday? Well HCPCS 2019 is out for review, and CPT® 2019 already has errata posted. So here’s some news you can use for both code sets … when you get back to your regular work schedule after the holiday! Filter Through HCPCS Updates With These Areas […]

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To Show Our Appreciation at Thanksgiving … An Ode to Finding a Code

Monday, November 19, 2018

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Thanksgiving is almost here, making it a great time to express how much we appreciate all the hard work you do. Ensuring claims are accurate, no matter how complicated or never-ending they are, is no easy task! The TCI SuperCoder team is proud and grateful to be able to support your efforts by finding ways […]

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3 Easy Steps to Finding the Right E/M Level Using an E/M Calculator

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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Have you checked out our free, new E/M Calculator yet? Using it is straightforward, but having a guide can be handy when a tool is new. Here’s how it works. 1. Access the E/M Calculator If you’re going to use a tool, the first step is to get to it! If you aren’t a subscriber […]

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3 Tips to Keep Patient-Payment Collection Humming Along

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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Filing third-party claims is a big part of the business of medicine, but collecting payment from patients is also crucial to a healthy organization. There are challenges, though. Check out these tips on steering clear of problems and on handling those issues that do come up. 1. Have a Policy and Let Patients Know You […]

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