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ICD-10 “update” will bring lessons and a wealth of data: Q&A

With providers putting so much effort into the ICD-10 transition, it’s important to feel like they’ll be getting something back out of it, too.  Best Medical Coding Course!

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Federal mandates to add thousands of new codes to get reimbursed by Medicare

Struck by a killer whale? Bit by a turtle or mouse? All are included in a new medical coding system doctors must use to get reimbursed by Medicare and insurance companies.

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Switching To New ICD-10 Codes

University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have developed a website that walks healthcare providers through the challenging transition from the current International Classification of Diseases — ICD-9 — to the new ICD-10.

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Medicare’s 140,000 New Diagnosis Codes Doctors Hate

The health care industry is “not progressing at a suitable pace” to be ready for tens of thousands of new government-mandated “ICD-10” codes used to describe diseases and hospital procedures in the insurance billing process, a new analysis shows.

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Medical Coding Pro Denies “Hidden Messages” In Blitz Videos

In a video statement issued late Tuesday afternoon Medical Coding Pro denied that any “hidden messages”

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The Differences Between ICD-9 Codes and ICD-10 Codes

Are you a professional medical coder? Then you have an important job, because your careful coding is vital for proper diagnoses, to monitor the health of the general population, accurate reimbursement, the smooth operation of facilities that provide medical care and more. That’s why a firm understanding and comprehensive training for the ICD-10 transition will […]

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New coding system coming to Medical Center Hospital

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Sea change in medical coding draws scorn on the House floor

As U.S. health care providers continue the march toward implementing the ICD-10 — a standardized set of medical diagnoses used by medical professionals across the world — the code set was lambasted on the floor of the House of Representatives earlier this week, The Hill reported.

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Good News: It’s Reimbursement Time Now

Filed a claim during the legal battle between the American Medical Association (AMA) and UHC? There’s good news for you.

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NHS statistics reveal data errors in care records

In a letter published today in the British Medical Journal, authors from Imperial College London NHS Healthcare Trust stress the importance of accurately capturing and coding patient episodes.

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Electronic Records May Increase Malpractice Lawsuit Risk

EHRs may reduce medical liability for some errors, but could create new forms of medical liability and expose existing liability issues, says report.

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Now Make Your PDT Coding Hassle-Free

Bill all three or get a denial: supply, injection, and illumination.
Coding for photodynamic therapy (PDT) involves three key components, which means you should look into multiple CPT® codes to describe your claim appropriately. But this could jeopard…

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49324, 49418-49422: 5 Tips Clarify Revised Intraperitoneal Catheter Coding

New options replace 49420 for tunneled catheter.
Choosing an intraperitoneal catheter insertion used to mean deciding between “permanent” and “temporary” — but CPT 2011 changes all that. Now you’ll need to know if the procedure is open, lap…

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Avoid EHR Penalties with These Proposed Additional Exemptions

 Posted on 07. Jul, 2011 by rpandit in Hot Coding Topics, Provider News Check whether your group might fall into one of four new categories. The push toward e-prescribing is in full swing, with physicians possibly being subjected to a one percent paym…

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11400s Max Out With Margin Measurements

Question: If our surgeon removes a sebaceous cyst from the back that measures 2.5 x 1.75 x 0.5 cm, should we add up all the dimensions or should we just use the biggest dimension of 2.5? Is the answer the same if this were a tumor instead of a cyst?

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Move Provider Signature To The Top Of Your Documentation

Checklist Extra: The physician’s credentials have a role to play, too.

Your CPT® coding may be spick and span, but if you fail to fulfill your physician signature requirements, your claims could end up in hot waters because not following these rules can trigger audits and other compliance headaches. Getting your provider to sign your patient’s charts is a basic documentation prerequisite that calls for your relentless compliance.

Basic: The treating physician’s signature serves as a legible identifier for the provided/ordered services. Payers require that the signature must be present in the documentation that comes with your claim.

Check out the following Q&A and find out why stamped signatures just won’t do you any good.

Get to the Bottom line Of Handwritten vs. Electronic Signatures

Question 1: Some of our physicians use handwritten signatures on their charts and others prefer electronic signatures. Is either kind acceptable?

Answer 1: According to CMS,, “Medicare requires a legible identifier for services provided/ordered.” That “identifier” — or signature — can be electronic or handwritten, as long as the provider meets certain criteria. Legible first and last names, a legible first initial with last name, or even an illegible signature over a printed or typed name are acceptable. You’re also covered if the provider’s signature is illegible but is on a page with other information identifying the signer such as a typed name.

“Also be sure to include the provider’s credentials,” says Cindy Hinton, CPC, CCP, CHCC, founder of Advanced Coding Solutions in Franklin, Tenn. “The credentials themselves can be with the signature or they can be identified elsewhere on the note.”

Example: Pre-printed forms might include the physician’s name and credentials at the top, side, or…

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