Root operations are core concepts at the heart of the ICD-10-PCS classification (PCS for short). Root operations are not created equal—some are more narrowly defined than others. It would be […]
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 […]
The CPT changes for 2017 brought a surprise, at least for me. You may have noticed a trend over the last several years of consolidation within the codeset. When two […]
HCCs are not new, but many organizations are only starting to recognize their importance. 3M’s Donna Smith dives into how to manage HCCs in her new article.
Donna: Hi, Sue! Do you ever see something on a problem list that isn’t correct? Sue: Yes, often! You know I always say, “The problem list is a problem.” Donna: […]
This month, I had planned to share some good news on population health, but that will have to wait until next month. I literally just got off a call with […]
Over our last few posts, fellow blogger Clarissa George and I have been exploring unspecified coding. It’s been interesting to pick apart this problem. Unspecified coding isn’t new and sometimes […]
When coders say “coding is an art,” they don’t mean art—they don’t imagine themselves creating little medical record haiku. Describing coding as an art is a way of saying that […]
Codes and coding are back in the headlines. A recent in-depth New York Times article examines the labyrinth of coding and billing, and asserts that coding is one reason for […]
For 2017, the American Medical Association (AMA) introduced three replacement codes to report mammography. Find out what they are in this article from Barbara Aubry.
Julia Palmer, project manager with the consulting services business of 3M Health Information Systems, is author of this month’s coding challenge blog. A mother brought her five-year-old daughter to the […]
In the past, I’ve written several blogs about the complexity of E/M coding and how to find your way through. The first step is to establish the place of service, […]