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Succeed as a Remote Coder With These Top Tips

8. December 2015

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Yesterday, we talked about some of the basic time commitments and resources that you’d need to work as a home-based medical coder. Today we continue our discussion with Maggie M. Mac, CPC, CEMC, CHC, ICCE, CMM, in her presentation on remote coding at the 2015 CodingCon in Orlando, Florida. Craft a Flawless Resume When you’re […]

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Facing Another Morning Commute? Think Again!

7. December 2015

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Do you get up early in the morning, jump in the shower, get dressed in your suit, check the traffic, get in the car, drive to work … then face the same long traffic-filled ride home at the end of the day? Do you HATE it? Then maybe remote coding is for you, said Maggie M. […]

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Consider Remote Coding’s Benefits to Organization and Employee

13. November 2015

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  Though healthcare documentation specialists have enjoyed the ability to work from home since at least the 1980s, medical coding professionals have only recently gained access to this opportunity. Why? Coders need access to the patient’s chart to do their jobs, but when paper-based medical records were the norm, practices resisted the logistical difficulties inherent […]

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Happy Boss’s Day – Time To Convince Your Boss for CodingCon 2015 Benefits That Will Save Your Practice Money

16. October 2015

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Happy Boss’s Day! Yes, in case you missed it, Friday, October 16, is Boss’s Day in the United States, that holiday honoring the person who mentored you, trained you, and led you to the career success you enjoy today. So right after you deposit your thoughtful Boss’s Day card and that plate of fresh-baked (by […]

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Clockwatching Time Is Over – Are You Ready for ICD-10?

1. October 2015

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When I was a child, I loved to watch digital clocks flip from 11:59 to 12:00. These were the old timey clocks with little cards for the hours and the minutes, where you could actually watch the mechanism flop the number cards over. How does this relate to the ICD-10 countdown? I’ve been watching the ICD-10 clock […]

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Top Tips for Workers’ Comp and Auto Insurance Claims

26. August 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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CDI and HDS Departments Join Forces to Cure ICD-10 Documentation Challenges

24. August 2015

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As ICD-10’s October 1 deadline draws closer, clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists are busier than ever helping providers learn ICD-10 documentation guidelines, but healthcare documentation specialists (HDSs), also called medical transcriptionists, can shoulder much of their routine workload. That was the message of Jill Devrick, MPA, and Susan Belley, M.Ed., RHIA, in their presentation at […]

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The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of … a HIPAA Breach?

17. August 2015

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Journalist Safe from HIPAA Allegations in Football Player Breach, But Hospital Isn’t Welcome to the wide world of HIPAA in sports! When the New York Giants’ star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated after a July 4 fireworks accident in South Florida, an ESPN reporter’s tweet of Pierre-Paul’s surgery schedule record […]

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Foam Rolling and ICD-10 Training Make Orlando the Hot Spot for CodingCon 2015

12. August 2015

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When’s the last time you trained for ICD-10 while performing self-myofascial trigger-point release with therapeutic foam rolling techniques? Never, you say? Then you need to attend CodingCon 2015 in December in Orlando, Florida! This year, CodingCon features unique combination exercise and ICD-10 training sessions, including “What’s Holding You Back? Exercise for the Spine and ICD-10.” […]

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Some Coding and Billing Tools I Can’t Live Without (But Couldn’t Imagine in My Typewriter Days)

11. August 2015

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Long, long ago, medical coders carefully handwrote ICD-9-CM codes on the facesheets of paper charts, while healthcare documentation specialists (HDSs), then called medical transcriptionists, banged away on their typewriter keyboards producing reports in carbon paper triplicate while listening to doctors’ dictation on cassette tapes. Coders pored over the discharge summaries, operative notes, H&Ps, and consults […]

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