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The symptoms of poor clinical indications in professional coding

July 19th, 2019 / By Allison Morgan, MS, CPC

During a recent webinar I attended, participants were asked about their biggest documentation challenge as professional coders. Almost half of the attendees reported that vague or absent language in the […]

Webinar: Best practices for managing documentation of surgical complications

With Beth Wolf, MD

Have you ever struggled with generating concise and compliant physician queries about surgical complications? Dr. Beth Wolf and Audrey Howard, RHIA guide you through the process for when and how […]

ICD-10 diagnosis coding: The impact of equivocal language

April 17th, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

Spring means different things depending on what part of the country you live in. For me, spring means melting snow, flowers and spring cleaning. This also seems like a good […]

Article: “Stupid” Program Gets Results

With Beth Wolf, MD

Beth Wolf, MD, a physician adviser to 3M Health Information Systems, gives her take on what progressive, forward-thinking health care organizations should be doing in order to implement new documentation […]

Seeing pink in February: Documentation specificity with breast studies

February 18th, 2019 / By Allison Morgan, MS, CPC

Every October we see pink during breast cancer awareness month. However, with the recent 2019 CPT updates that took effect January 1, the addition of some new breast-related codes reminded […]

Winter injuries: Documenting to tell the story

January 25th, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

Welcome 2019! For me, this time of year means mostly freezing temperatures and snow, but I have Scandinavian blood and remind myself it’s the life I choose. I live in […]

Differing perspectives of the medical record

January 21st, 2019 / By Sheldon Barlow

The medical record is unique because it is written for various reasons and looked at from various perspectives. It is not only a written representation of a face-to-face medical interaction […]

CMS clarifies the CC & ROS documentation changes for E/M services for 2019

December 19th, 2018 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

Yesterday, I saw a new release from CMS clarifying documentation requirements for E/M services in 2019. Little has changed about the data that needs to be collected, but there has […]

A look back at popular blogs of 2018

December 17th, 2018

Thank you to all the readers of the Inside Angle blog! As we look ahead to 2019, here are some of our most popular blogs of the year:    “CPT […]

Article: Coding Corner: Getting Specific With Unlisted CPT Codes

With Karla VonEschen, CPC

Correct use of unlisted CPT codes is one of the more confusing aspects of CPT coding for both coders and physicians. In her article, Karla VonEschen provides guidance.

HCC coding: What’s the big deal?

June 18th, 2018 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

A hot topic in health care today is Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs). At the last local AAPC chapter meeting I attended, we had a guest speaker who discussed HCCs in […]

Abbreviations…The coder’s telephone game

May 18th, 2018 / By Allison Morgan, MS, CPC

We live in a communication age that embraces abbreviations and acronyms as a natural secondary language. Our emotions and reactions are reflected in “LOLs” and emojis on a regular basis. […]