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Topic: Coding and Classification

Straight from our coding experts, the latest regulatory guidelines and best practice tips for anyone who thinks in alphanumeric characters.

New Year’s resolution: An ounce of prevention

January 3rd, 2020 / By Sheldon Barlow

Out with 2019 and in with the new year! The new year has the anticipation of a fresh start, a new beginning. The process of reflection and goal setting, such […]

Offshore medical coding: Could it be the right fit for you?

December 30th, 2019 / By April Lyle

Offshore medical coding can be a solution for healthcare organizations that has been overlooked because of previous misconceptions. Let’s examine some of the areas of concern and the questions you […]

Get ready for radiology code changes in 2020

December 20th, 2019 / By Katie Kitchen, CPC

It’s that time of year again. Time to clean out the deleted CPT codes, bring in new codes, update and revise other codes. We will see some significant changes that […]

A look back at popular blogs of 2019

December 18th, 2019

A big thank you to all Inside Angle readers! As we look ahead to 2020, we invite you to revisit some of our most popular blogs of 2019: “The Iron […]

The Three Little Pigs, medical records coding and who controls the narrative

December 13th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

One of the many wonderful things about the post-Google information age is that, with no appreciable time or effort, you can pose a question and see what’s out there. The […]

Holidays are coming: Are you checking your list twice?

December 11th, 2019 / By Michelle Bradley

Whether you run a private practice in a small clinic or are part of a large physician group in a hospital, the turnaround time for your practice requires adequate coding […]

Behind the code: Homelessness Z59.0

December 4th, 2019 / By Jean Jones, CPC

I was on an internal 3M call recently, listening to the engineers as they were developing ICD-10 codes for the Z59 series—problems related to housing and economic circumstances.  Coincidentally, my […]

Thanksgiving Day is National Family Health History Awareness Day

November 25th, 2019 / By Kelly Long, CPC

The Surgeon General of the United States created this initiative in 2004 as a way for families to share their health histories as they gather around the table, watch the […]

ICD-10 coding for vaping and e-cigarette related illness

November 22nd, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

Vaping has become a very hot topic recently, due to the rapid increase of patients showing up at physicians’ offices and ERs with lung injuries.  The Centers for Disease Control […]

Coding mitral valve disease

November 15th, 2019 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

Last month, I wrote about accurate coding for aortic valve disease. This month, we’ll look at coding for mitral valve disease. The mitral valve is located in the left side […]

Article: Billing and coding: Compliant coding and documentation for physician assistants

With Kelly Long, CPC

Physician assistants are reimbursed under strict guidelines established by Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and commercial payers, making it critical that coding and billing of PA services is accurate, complete, and compliant. […]

It’s fall and the 2020 ICD-10 changes have arrived

November 6th, 2019 / By Allison Morgan, MS, CPC

The coders version of the fall equinox has arrived with 2020 ICD-10 changes taking effect as of October 1. While mother nature herself is cooling down and we all get […]