• The Basics of Medical Coding for Telehealth Visits

    Posted by admin | October 23, 2017 , (0) comments

                Advanced communication technology is revolutionizing the way healthcare is provided. One of the most significant advances in the last decade is telemedicine, which refers to a broad range of remotely-provided medical services. One such service is telehealth

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  • The Pitfalls of Electronic Medical Records: Forgetting to Bill for Minor Procedures

    Posted by admin | October 13, 2017 , (0) comments

                        One of the most significant advances in the health care field over the last few decades has been the introduction of electronic medical records (EMRs). The range of benefits that have resulted from this technological advance are innum

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  • Ten Years On: A Look at POA Indicators a Decade after Implementation

    Posted by admin | October 5, 2017 , (0) comments

                In order to ensure proper reimbursement, it is essential for inpatient health care facilities to record the medical conditions that the patient has when they are admitted. This information is documented using Present On Admission (POA) indicators. POA indica

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  • Medical Coding for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    Posted by admin | September 30, 2017 , (0) comments

                  Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its annual “Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report.” According to the data for 2016, the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is the high

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  • ICD-10-CM Coding for Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)

    Posted by admin | September 21, 2017 , (0) comments

                Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is the most common infections that patients acquire within healthcare facilities. According to a study published in BMC Health Services Research in May 2017, urinary tract infections in general account for

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  • The Challenges of Interpreting Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for Medical Coding Purposes

    Posted by admin | September 14, 2017 , (0) comments

                  When electronic medical records (EMR) were first introduced, some observers predicted that electronic documentation would mean that medical coding inaccuracies would soon be a thing of the past. Indeed, today’s EMR systems include algorithms that ca

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  • Dental-Medical Cross Coding for Wisdom Tooth Removal

    Posted by admin | September 7, 2017 , (0) comments

                Every year, millions of people have their wisdom teeth removed. Although it is not necessary for all patients, estimates indicate that around 85 percent of people need to have their wisdom teeth removed at some point during their life in order to prevent sig

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  • The Complexities of PIP Billing in “No Fault” Auto Insurance States

    Posted by admin | August 31, 2017 , (0) comments

              If you are a health care provider at a small practice, you might be surprised to find out that the auto insurance laws in your state have the potential to significantly impact your revenue cycle. This is particularly true in states that have “no fault” auto ins

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  • Is Medicare the Primary or Secondary Payer? Working with Patients Who Have Multiple Insurance Plans

    Posted by admin | August 28, 2017 , (0) comments

                      Medicare provides health insurance coverage for more than 55 million Americans — over 15 percent of the population — and that number is expected to rise to about 79 million by 2030. Individuals who are 65 years or older, disa

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  • Implications of CDT Changes for Dental-Medical Cross Coding

    Posted by admin | August 17, 2017 , (0) comments

                  Every year, the American Dental Association (ADA) updates its coding standards within the Current Dental Terminology (CDT) code set. For instance, as we discussed in a previous post, the 2017 changes included eleven code additions, one code deletion,

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