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Ease Counseling Codes Acceptance With Distinct Dxs

Study frequency guidelines before you bill for counseling services. Question: A 60-year-old established Medicare patient with a confirmed diagnosis of vanishing lung (emphysema) reports to the family physician (FP) for a medication check and blood work; the patient is a moderate smoker. During the medication check and blood work, which took about 5 minutes, the […]

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Emergency Coders: Check for Critical Care & You Could Gain $50

If patient’s critical care and visit satisfies time regs, 99291 is the better bet. When scouring the notes for evidence of an emergency department caveat scenario, coders can easily forget to ask themselves one simple question: Can I report a critical care code for this scenario? The answer’s yes more often than you might think, […]

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Ob-gyn Coding Challenge: EM End-Result Tells You What ICD Code To Go For

Check out these ICD-10 ob-gyn diagnosis coding equivalents. Question: A patient presented for an initial OB visit. Another clinic confirmed her pregnancy, but she has never received prenatal care. The patient got her usual initial OB service (i.e. lab orders), Pap smear, and chlamydia trachomatis (CT)/neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC) screening. After discussing some concerns with the […]

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What is ICD-10-PCS?

ICD-10-PCS is a code set designed to replace Volume 3 of ICD-9-CM for inpatient procedure reporting. It will be used by hospitals and by payers. ICD-10-PCS is significantly different from Volume 3 and from CPT® codes and will require significant training for users.

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A Medical Coder’s ICD-10 Resource Guide

We’ve got the link to a nifty ICD-9 to ICD-10 code translator. Maybe I’m getting old, but I just can’t believe we’re about to ring in the second decade of the 21st century. It seems like just yesterday I was toasting the new millennium and breathing a sigh of relief that “Y2K” wasn’t the big […]

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