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Tag: CPT

HCPCS update reminder: Billing for amniotic membrane

October 18th, 2019 / By Camille Ruiz, RHIA

It’s that time of year, coders, when many of us are attending webinars on 2020 Coding updates. For outpatient hospital coders and CDM staff, this will include ICD-10-CM/PCS as well […]

CMS and AMA: 2021 proposed changes to E/M outpatient services

August 14th, 2019 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

For those involved in coding and compliance, this is not the first time attempted changes to E/M rules have been proposed. Remember 1995 and 1997? Of course, I’m way too […]

CMS mandates changes to Local Coverage Determination (LCD) policies

October 5th, 2018 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

On October 3, 2018, CMS released CR 10901, Transmittal R829PI, effective October 3, 2018 with an implementation date of January 8, 2019. This is an important modification to the LCD […]

CPT and HCPCS coding updates for 2019

September 21st, 2018 / By Camille Ruiz, RHIA

As the last day of summer fades, fall is on the horizon with Halloween displays and pumpkin spice lattes. For those of us in hospital middle revenue cycle—whether CDI, CDM […]

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month: A personal story

September 14th, 2018 / By Gail Barackman, CPC, CPMA, CEMC

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness month, so I thought I would share my personal experience with diagnostic studies for Thyroid Cancer. As someone who suffers from Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, regular thyroid […]

Machine learning in computer-assisted coding: It’s just not human

June 15th, 2018 / By Gail Barackman, CPC, CPMA, CEMC

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has creeped its way into so many facets of our lives. Video games, self-driving cars and smart home devices are just a few, and I’m sure if […]

The golden rules of coding with CAC

March 16th, 2018 / By Katie Kitchen, CPC

Thinking back to my early days as an apprentice coder, I often remember the challenge in keeping all my coding guidelines straight as well as remembering the payer regulations, while […]

Ice skates to x-rays coding challenge

February 19th, 2018 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

Let’s say there’s this not-so-young-anymore woman who was frustrated by a long bout of a winter cold/flu. Upon recovery, she is asked by some friends if she wants to go […]

How do you know you’re a coder at heart? Take this quick little quiz

January 8th, 2018 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

You code your own doctor visits or procedures in your head during your visit, CPT and ICD. When talking to friends about medical issues, you review the possible ICD codes […]

Streamlining chest x-ray CPTs in 2018

November 15th, 2017 / By Allison Morgan, MS, CPC

Chest x-ray imaging codes are one of the most highly utilized codes seen in the coding and medical industry, so it was a pleasant surprise to see these codes getting […]

Article: Coders Beware: CMS Surgical Audits Began July 1

With Barbara Aubry, RN

3M’s Barbara Aubry urges coders to provide adequate clinical documentation to support CPT code 99024.

Coding with modifiers, part 1: Modifier 24 made easy

May 19th, 2017 / By Camille Ruiz, RHIA

My colleagues and I were discussing the idea that modifiers have the most room for interpretation by professional fee coders, prompting a three-part blog series covering modifiers 24, 25 and […]