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deborahm - who has written 223 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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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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PICC 2019: Move Point by Point Through Requirements for New and Revised Codes

Thursday, November 8, 2018

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What’s the word to know for CPT® 2019 PICC updates? Imaging! Make sure your documentation and coding are ready to handle these three revisions and two additions for peripherally inserted central venous catheters, effective Jan. 1, 2019. A tip for coding history buffs: The AMA CPT® Editorial Panel discussed these changes as far back as […]

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Drum Roll: What Does MPFS 2019 Final Rule Say About E/M?

Monday, November 5, 2018

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Medicare released the CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). One of the big questions from the proposed rule was whether E/M payment rules would change. Here are some highlights on what made it into the final rule for E/M and what didn’t. The News You’ve Been Waiting for … The proposal to combine payment […]

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Ask Yourself These Questions When Working Appeals

Monday, October 29, 2018

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Sometimes it’s the simple things that can help your appeal for a medical insurance claim. Work through these questions to be sure you’re giving a claim its best chance. Did You Cite the Claim? You may get your appeal back if you don’t make it clear which original claim you’re referencing. Plenty of coders and […]

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Know 3 Rule-Out Rules for Better ICD-10-CM Coding

Thursday, October 25, 2018

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If you come across documentation that refers to ruling out a diagnosis, it’s time to go on high alert. There are some specific rules you need to follow for ICD-10-CM coding. Here are tips straight from the 2019 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (OGs). 1. Know When to Use Codes That Specify ‘Ruled […]

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