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ICD-9 Sequencing: Ace Late Effects Diagnosis Coding With This Flow Chart

Combination codes for stroke late effects won’t always cover all the details.
Proper sequencing is essential when coding for late effects, so use this handy chart to sequence your codes correctly every time.

Chart provided by Lisa Selman-Holman, JD, BSN, RN, HCS-D, COS-C, consultant and principal of Selman-Holman & Associates and CoDR — Coding Done Right in Denton, Texas.
For easy […]

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Keep All the Urodynamics Codes Straight With This Handy Cheat Sheet

Knowing the differences between the tests is your key to proper code choice.
When your urologist says he performed urodynamics tests, you need to dig deeper into his documentation for clues about which code to report. Tack this overview up by your computer to help you quickly choose the right code every time.
• In a simple […]

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Oncology Billing Toolkit: Factor 8 HCPCS Changes Into Your Superbill

Watch those Taxotere units, or kiss 95 percent of your reimbursement goodbye.
A brand new list of HCPCS codes — including docetaxel and bevacizumab updates — goes into effect Jan. 1 and our 8-step superbill maintenance plan will stop denials in their tracks for 2010.
Not using the proper codes will lead to claim rejection, which means “not receiving the proper […]

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CPT 2010 Code Selection Chart for Paravertebral Facet Joint Injections

CPT 2010 introduces a slew of new codes for paravertebral facet injections, so why not consult our handy flow chart to help you select the correct code?

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Was it painful for you to […]

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Zero In On Correct Nasal-Specimen Coding With This Quick Quiz

Missing multiple 88304 specimens could cost your practice $125.
Busting the polyps’ “s” myth and identifying separately billable nasal specimens could add hundreds of dollars to a pathology claim. Make sure you’re not falling into two common coding traps by trying your hand at these two questions; then checking your answers.

Question 1: The lab receives […]

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Pain Management Coding: TPI Do’s and Don’ts for Pay You Can Keep

Sample ICD-9 codes to support medical necessity for trigger point injections.
Counting the right items, knowing insurer-allowed diagnoses, and documenting affected muscles will get your trigger point injection (TPI) claims paid while protecting you from paybacks.
Further, knowing each insurers’ covered diagnoses for TPIs is vital to healthy coding.
√ Do Count Muscles Injected
Coders should report 20552 (Injection[s]; single […]

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Test Yourself: ICD-9 2010 for Ob-Gyn Coders

Is your ob-gyn practice using the new codes correctly? 3 quick questions say for sure.
This year, ICD-9 2010 brought new hyperplasia, mammogram, and fertility preservation codes. In some cases, these codes simply expanded on existing options, and it’sup to you to spot when you should report the new versus old alternatives. Dig in to […]

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Coder’s Navigation Tool: 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

It’s that time of year coders — yes, time to comb through pages and pages and pages of the final 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. We’ve got a handy place to start.
If you want a quick overview of fee schedule’s financial impact on your physician practice’s specialty, go here and scroll to page 1171. There, […]

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Your New Patient Packet Toolkit

How to use technology to speed up new patient check-in.
Not enough hours in the day? Are you always looking for ways to save time? Many medical offices report that sending out new patient packets in advance of the patient’s visit greatly reduces the number of incidents at patient check-in and saves time.
“Normally, it would take […]

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Radiology Billing Checklist: Rules for Additional Tests without Treating Physician’s Order

Keep these additional test rules at your fingertips if your want to keep auditors out of your hair.
The Office of Inspector General and Recovery Audit Contractors are out to audit non-compliant ultrasound claims, so knowing the rules is more important than ever. And we’ve got a link and a handy checklist to keep you out […]

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Toolkit: Chart Cardiology’s CCI 15.3 Changes At-a-Glance

Hang on to this handy table to avoid cath placement coding temptations.
Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) 15.3 offered long lists of new edits, but we’ve boiled them down to the ones that affect cardiology coders and billers most.

Cardiology Coders: A CCC™ Exam Prep Training Camp is coming to a city near you.

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