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7 Top Tips for Mastering ICD-10-CM 7th Characters

19. February 2020

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Diagnosis coding brings the unique challenge of knowing when to use a 7th character on your ICD-10-CM code and then determining which character applies. These tips will help you refine your diagnosis coding skills. Tip 1: Don’t Ignore 7th Character Requirements If ICD-10-CM indicates a code requires a 7th character, you must report a seven-character […]

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GI Coding: Why Is Modifier 53 on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule?

30. January 2020

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The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) includes special pricing for four colonoscopy codes when you append modifier 53 (Discontinued procedure). Here’s what you need to know about appending modifier 53 to these codes and the payment you can expect. Compare Rates for Total and Discontinued Colonoscopies Below are the four codes on the 2020 first […]

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Your Step-by-Step Guide to ICD-10-CM Coding of Orbital Fractures

16. January 2020

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ICD-10-CM 2020 added dozens of new codes for orbital fractures, which are breaks in the bones surrounding the eye. To help you get to the correct code faster, follow these steps for orbital fracture coding. 1. Check the Orbital Fracture Location Your new ICD-10-CM 2020 options for orbital fractures allows you to identify the location […]

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Take the CPT® 2020 5-Question Challenge

30. December 2019

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January 1 is bringing roughly 400 CPT® code changes. See if you’re ready with this quick medical coding quiz, including links to previous SuperCoder blog posts where you can find the answers. Start Here With the Questions for 2020 Code Changes Question 1: CPT® 2020 is introducing new online digital evaluation and management (E/M) codes […]

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5 Tips to Keep Your CPT® Category III Coding on Track

9. December 2019

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Category III CPT® codes are separate from the more commonly used Category I codes, making it all too easy to overlook these important codes. Follow the five tips below to help ensure your coding is accurate for Category III codes. 1. Update Cat. III Codes Twice a Year Consider this question: When are CPT® codes […]

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Oncology and Hematology Coders: Get Tips on HCCs and Risk Adjustment

2. December 2019

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Risk adjustment models often focus on chronic conditions, like cancer, when determining risk scores for patients. But limiting your medical coding to a single diagnosis isn’t the best approach for these increasingly important payment models. Oncology and hematology coders can get their reporting in line with risk adjustment models, including Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs), by […]

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Here’s Where to Turn When Coding for Chest Pain

24. October 2019

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A lot of primary care physicians and specialists see patients presenting with chest pain. In many cases, the provider may not be able to confirm a more specific diagnosis for the encounter. To ensure you’re coding this symptom correctly, follow these pointers on ICD-10-CM coding for chest pain. Use Both the Index and Tabular List […]

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Ob-Gyn Coders, Beware This Costly Modifier 24 Myth

21. October 2019

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Suppose a Medicare patient presents to your ob-gyn practice for a visit scheduled as a follow-up after cervical lesion biopsy, but the doctor also spends time on counseling and coordination of care related to the malignant tumor the biopsy identified. Can you report an E/M with modifier 24 if the visit is during the biopsy’s […]

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Find Flu Vaccine Codes Fast for Cleaner Medicare Claims

17. October 2019

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In early October 2019, flu activity was low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But hopefully vaccinations will land in the “widespread” category for this flu season. A high volume of services means a high volume of coding, though, so protect your Medicare reimbursement with this guidance on flu vaccination coding. […]

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Get the Facts About Reporting Glaucoma Screening to Medicare

14. October 2019

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Before you report glaucoma screenings to Medicare, go through this quick Q&A to be sure you’ve got all the bases covered. The Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 15, Section 280.1, is your source for information about glaucoma screenings that you report to Medicare, and we’ve put together the major points for reporting to Part B […]

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