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Where To Find Free CEUs

Continuing Education Units (CEU) for healthcare professionals who are credentialed by the AAPC are worth their weight in gold. CEUs are a necessary tool for all medical coders and auditors as they are not only required for certification maintenance, but because they keep professionals current on industry trends. The AAPC has a set of guidelines…

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We Need to Talk About Transgender Healthcare

Earlier this week, Advize Health partnered with Grassi Healthcare Advisors to host a webinar on transgender healthcare. This webinar sought out to educate the healthcare community not only on coding for transgender patients, but on every aspect of care for this critically underserved population, from claims denials to the cost of transitioning. The convergence of…

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Coding for Tobacco Cessation Counseling

Late last month, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced her resignation in response to a Politico report exposing an unethical conflict of interest between Fitzgerald and the tobacco industry. The report reveals that the Trump administration’s top public health official purchased shares in Japan Tobacco, an organization that…

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5 Things You Need to Know About Becoming a CPC

Strategy is Key Becoming a Certified Professional Coder is no easy feat, and the exam administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) is a long, grueling assessment. Of course, the exam will present CPCs-to-be questions on CPT codes, Evaluation and Management, the bodily systems, and the application of multiple code sets – but…

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Your Data Will Be Stolen

This article is a continuation of Risky Retrievals. Walk-Ins Welcome Our medical record specialists are required to arrive at each facility with their equipment, as well as their ID badges and driver’s licenses. This is to ensure that their identities can be verified by office staff and reporting in the event of an incident. What…

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Clinical Documentation vs. Patient Care

The keystone of Clinical Documentation Improvement is that quality documentation often results in quality continuum of care, and while this is true, many physicians report that paying too much attention to documentation actually leads to poor patient care. This poses a dilemma for some providers; do they care for the chart or for the patient…

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Mammography Coding

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve decided to release a brief reminder to not only schedule a routine mammogram, but to recall the 2017 Mammogram Coding Changes. Mammography Coding The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in November 2016’s final rule that they would not be able to accommodate the new…

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2017 UDT Codes Refresher

As of January 1, 2017, providers who administer controlled substance testing should apply the proper and most current guidelines for L35724 – Controlled Substance Monitoring and Drugs of Abuse. Best Practices Ensure that services and procedures reported on submitted claims match the service(s) ordered by the physician. Remember that a maximum of one presumptive and…

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Think Twice Before Appending Modifiers

Coding Modifiers In the English language, a modifier is used to describe the who, what, how, why, and/or where of a situation. Coding modifiers perform the same role for medical coders and billers. These types of modifiers further describe procedure codes without altering its original definition. Modifiers can be found in both the CPT and…

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ICD-11 Scheduled to be Finalized by 2018

Just when you thought it was safe, the World Health Organization has announced that the International Classification of Diseases is undergoing the 11th round of revisions. ICD-11 is scheduled to be finalized for presentation to the World Health Assembly by 2018, and is intended to be even more comprehensive than ICD-10. It’s understood than the…

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