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Fact: ICD-10 Will Benefit Medical Coders More Than ICD-9

For the last so many decades, we’ve been using ICD-9. ICD-9, which stands for International Classification of Diseases, 9th edition is the system of codes used to classify every disease and medical condition. Best Medical Coding Course!

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Countdown To ICD-10

From patient accounting systems to sticky notes and “cheat sheets” posted in exam rooms, ICD-9 codes permeate the health care environment, translating the information in medical records to numbers on claim forms and ensuring that providers get paid for the care they give.

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Approved Manuals For The Medical Coding CPC Exam From AAPC

One question we are asked a lot is “what are the approved manuals for the medical coding CPC exam from AAPC?”

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Secrets To Passing The Medical Coding CPC | Free CPC Exam Questions

Are you preparing for the medical coding CPC exam? If so, the best way to prepare is with CPC exam practice questions. You can get free questions at Medical Coding Pro.

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ICD-10 Is NOT Required For The 2014 Certification Exam For New Coders

If you are a new coder looking to get your certification in 2014 take a deep breath! AAPC is not requiring you to be tested on ICD-10.

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Trouble Signs Again For New Medical Coding System

Remember the new, uber-complicated system of medical codes coming soon? You know, the ones that will tell your insurance company whether this was the first, second or third time your pet parrot bit you?

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How the changes in ICD-10 have more to offer than ICD-9

While the changes in ICD-10 has more to offer but the challenges that exists are worth the effort. The providers and the coders too will need to comprehend the new set of codes in ICD-10, and this demands education about their practices’ coding systems.

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ICD-10 Prep Work: Why Hospitals Need to Reach Out to Payers

In the past six months, hospitals have considerably increased their internal training efforts in preparation for the transition to ICD-10, according to a survey conducted by the consulting firm Health Revenue Assurance Associates.

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ICD-9 Codes Cheat Sheets to ICD-10 Codes Conversion Tool

BuildYourEMR today announces the availability of SmartSheet10™ as a standalone solution. SmartSheet10 is an ICD-10 toolkit that provides a unique way for healthcare providers to convert their ICD-9 codes cheat sheets to ICD-10 SmartSheets.

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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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In 2013, Reporting Ureteral Stone Diagnoses Will Include More Options

Here is what you should check in your physician’s documentation.
As the conversion takes place from ICD-9 to ICD-10 in 2013, you will not be treating the codes in a way you always did. Often, you will have more options that may need tweaking the way …

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C34 — Pay Attention To Location for Malignant Neoplasm of Main Bronchus

ICD-9 2011 and ICD-10 2011 both have coding options for a malignant neoplasm of the main bronchus. Both indicate that the codes are appropriate for malignant neoplasms of the carina or hilus of lung.
What’s different: ICD-9 2011 includes simply 162.2…

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CrossRef, 100% Lay Terms, Illustrations Are Coming Soon

Denials for mismatched CPT and ICD-9 codes cost practices thousands of dollars every year. will soon help you ensure your links are correct helping you further reduce your denials rate. Plus, more code details and pictures will improve y…

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ICD-9, CCI 16.3, Oct MPFS Coding Updates in

You can sit back and enjoy the fall foliage spectacle —’s got your ICD-9-CM 2011, National Correct Coding Initiative 16.3, and October Medicare Physician Fee Schedule medical coding updates covered.
Go ahead and search for th…

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Collect HPV Pay with Proper Screening vs. Reflex Diagnoses

Align ‘medical necessity’ with ICD-9 instruction.

Ordering a human papillomavirus (HPV) screen with a Pap test isn’t the same as ordering a reflex HPV screen following an abnormal Pap. Although ICD-9 instruction and coverage rules might appear to be at loggerheads, our experts can show you the way out.

Question: Should the physician order a screening and/or reflex HPV Pap test (such as 87621, Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid [DNA or RNA]; papillomavirus, human, amplified probe technique) with V73.81 (Special screening examination for human papillomavirus [HPV])?

What you stand to gain: “Many ‘V’ codes are paid as part of a screening benefit for patients who have those specific benefits,” says Tina Burkhalter, billing manager with SouthEastern Pathology in Rome, Ga. On the other hand,

“tests ordered with diagnostic codes tend to go to the deductible,” she says. “We hear from patients complaining that they must pay for the HPV test because their insurer tells them we used the ‘wrong’ code.”

Medical Necessity Points to 795.0x

Although no national coverage policy exists for screening HPV testing to evaluate cervical cancer risk, many payers follow the consensus guidelines recommended by the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP).

A core ASCCP recommendation is to screen for high-risk HPV DNA in patients over the age of 20 years with a Pap cytologic result of 795.01 (Papanicolaou smear of cervix with atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance [ASC-US]). The guidelines also address the role of HPV with other Pap outcomes in special populations, such as recommending reflex HPV testing for postmenopausal women with cytologic findings of 795.03 (Papanicolaou smear of cervix with low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion [LGSIL]).

Key: If your payers have adopted any or all of these guidelines, you’ll need to report the Pap findings, such as 795.01, to show…

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Avoid CVA Diagnosis Coding Pitfalls with 438.13, 438.14

You’ll turn to a V code when your neurologist reports ‘no effects,’ however.

When your neurologist sees a patient who had a stroke, either recently or in the distant past, he may record a number of different conditions — which makes your job more difficult. If you remember a few guidelines, you’ll select the proper ICD-9 codes for every cerebrovascular accident (CVA) case your neurologist treats.

Get Specific With 2 CVA Diagnosis Codes

When your neurologist sees a patient who has had a stroke, or CVA, he may document multiple deficiencies, both new and lingering. When the patient presents with…

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