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deborahm - who has written 202 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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On the Cutting Edge? Check Out These ‘Remote’ CPT® 2019 Additions With MPFS Tips

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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The CPT® 2019 code set is adding to your options for remote services. Here’s a rundown of the changes you can expect for certain remote monitoring services as well as EHR consultative time. Turn to 9945X for Remote Physiologic Monitoring The new code set will add codes for remote physiologic monitoring (like weight, BP, pulse […]

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Perfect Your Coding for Pressure Ulcer Diagnoses With These Documentation Tips

Monday, October 15, 2018

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ICD-10-CM has a lot of codes (more than 150!) for pressure ulcers, and that means your clinicians’ documentation game has got to be on point for your to get the most accurate code for the case. These three steps should help you get the job done. 1. Know Where to Look for Pressure Ulcer Stage […]

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Smart Move: Know These Top Medicare Denial Reasons AND How to Avoid Them

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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  Let’s put data to work to help prevent denials! CGS is one of the Medicare contractors that provides information on top claim denial reasons, and here we’ll take a look at some denial triggers from August 2018 and how you can prevent them. Check Status Before Reporting Duplicate Service Reporting the exact same service […]

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Don’t Let These Deleted CPT® Codes Sink Your 2019 Claims

Monday, October 8, 2018

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For claims to succeed, you can’t use deleted CPT® codes. There’s no getting around it. So give your claims their best chance in 2019 by making sure these deleted codes don’t land on your claims. And of course: You need to know the new codes (see blog post overviews Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) […]

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Do You Know the Answers to These Medicare Disaster Relief Questions?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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Because of Hurricane Florence, CMS issued several waivers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia to help with access to healthcare. Even if you’re not in an affected area, this should be a reminder that disaster prep isn’t just about working in theory. You need to understand it well enough to apply it. Below you’ll […]

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Last-Minute Tips to Catch Every ICD-10-CM 2019 Eyelid Code Change

Friday, September 28, 2018

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It’s ICD-10-CM 2019-eve! A big chunk of the changes effective Oct. 1, 2018, make coding for many eyelid diagnoses more specific, requiring you to specify not only the eye but also the eyelid involved. To be sure you’re ready, here’s one last crash course in eyelid ICD-10-CM coding for 2019.

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2019 MPFS: Prolonged Preventive Service Codes May Make It On to Telehealth List

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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If telehealth is on your radar, you’ll want to watch the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2019. The MPFS 2019 proposed rule discusses potential changes to Medicare telehealth services, specifically the addition of G0513 and G0514 to the Medicare telehealth list. Get a closer look at these codes so you’ll better understand them and the […]

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Dive Deeper Into CPT® 2019 Updates With a Focus on Revised Descriptors

Friday, September 21, 2018

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You learned about CPT® 2019 additions in our overview series with Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. But what about revisions? We covered some of those in relation to additions, but here are some more updates that may affect you when the changes are effective Jan. 1, 2019. (These are highlights, not a complete […]

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3 Helpful Hints for Better Subsequent Hospital Care E/M Coding

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Subsequent hospital care E/M codes 99231-99233 have some oddities that can trip you up if you don’t use these codes often (and even if you do). Improve your E/M coding accuracy by keeping these three pointers in mind. 1. Look for 2 of 3 With Interval History Option The descriptors for 99231, 99232, and 99233 […]

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Finish Your CPT® 2019 Overview With Lab to E/M: Part 3

Friday, September 14, 2018

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  We’re in the home stretch of our first look at CPT® 2019! Let’s finish strong. Here’s Part 3, the last post in our series on new five-digit Category I CPT® 2019 codes. Don’t forget: Part 1 covers FNA to cardiovascular surgery, and Part 2 covers lymph node biopsy to breast MRI. This is just […]

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