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Spelling Out Medical Necessity; Duplicative Coding

SPELLING OUT MEDICAL NECESSITY Q:  Does a diagnosis code alone support medical necessity for lab tests?  Shouldn’t there be something in the note documenting a sign/symptom or current status of the condition?  I do not think that by simple virtue of having a confirmed diagnosis that lab tests are always medically necessary. Best Medical Coding […]

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Healthy Job Growth for Medical Coders

On Oct. 1, a big change is coming to the health care industry.

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ICD-10 Testers Recommend Certified Coders, Lighter Loads For October

The advice from those who have already tried coding with ICD-10? Hire a certified coder if you don’t have one on staff already.

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Medical Coders Get Tips For Transition To New System

Communication was the theme at the Code It Right conference last week as medical coders prepare for a massive transition to a new medical coding system known as ICD-10.

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Top 10 Government Health IT stories of 2014

Without further ado, then, here are the ten most popular Government Health IT articles of 2014.

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Medical Records: Top Secret

MANY readers were shocked by my recent article about Peter Drier, who received a surprise bill of $117,000 from an out-of-network assistant surgeon who helped out during his back operation.

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Leveraging The Clinical Data Warehouse For Accountable Care

Throughout this series, we explored how to create an integrated data asset through the integration of claims, clinical, financial and other data sources; how data from those sources is extracted; and how it’s organized between patient records in disparate systems.

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The Role of Claims Data in HealthIT: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

As we move towards building a universal patient-centered data platform in health IT, several sources of data are useful.

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Making Sense of the Uproar Over Medical Coding

Confused about the implementation of the new medical coding system called ICD-10? So is everyone, including the federal government — so much so, in fact, that Congress passed legislation that delayed ICD-10 implementation for a year after its original start date.

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How To Become A Medical Coder

Medical coders or medical coding specialists go through detailed information about

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How to Prepare for the CPC Exam for AAPC Medical Coding Certification

To ensure that you can perform all the necessary job requirements out in the medical coding field, the CPC certification examination itself tests for strength in all areas, including the following:

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Medical Coding, One of America’s Fastest Growing Jobs

Medical Coding is one of the fastest growing jobs in the United States. Currently only 49% of healthcare employers reported being adequately staffed with medical coders. The most common reason is the lack of qualified candidates.

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Mastering Medical Coding is Not as Hard as You Think

Theodore Roosevelt once said: “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain [and] difficulty.” While the former president’s outlook is a bit extreme, sometimes the most challenging things we encounter garner the greatest rewards.

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Do I Have To Know ICD-9 And ICD-10 To Be A Medical Coder?

With the transition to ICD-10 fast approaching, many want to know if they need to know ICD-9 and ICD-10. The short answer is

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What Is The Difference Between Medical Billing And Medical Coding?

You maybe wondering if a career in medical billing and coding is a good choice for you. Before making any career move, it’s important to understand what kinds of responsibilities and skills would be required of you in your new field.

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Two-Midnight Rule Will Short-Change Hospitals, Providers Say

Healthcare providers say Medicare is going to short-change them on patients who spend fewer than two nights in the hospital, and delaying implementation of a new payment policy until October won’t change that.

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