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ICD 9: Updated CVA Diagnosis Guidelines

11th November 2010
With the ICD 9 codes 2011 going into effect on October 1, 2010, as a neurology coder, you too can expect some changes likely to affect your practice. Here are some guidelines that will stand you in good stead: Check your terminology Patients and prac... Read >

Anticipate 4th and 5th digit changes for ICD-10

26th October 2010
CMS has pointed out that the need to change from ICD 9 to ICD 10 will be effective from October 1, 2013. When that takes place, you will have to get used to selecting codes with definitions that may differ from what you are used to. Start researching an... Read >

Rid your Ovarian Cyst CPT Confusion

12th October 2010
Coding for the removal/excision, aspiration or drainage of an ovarian cyst does not have to be that difficult. We have broken down each approach to provide you all the tools you need to get your claim right every time. Vital concept: When you are gearin... Read >

16 New Specific Codes for Lab Test in CPT 2011

23rd September 2010
Whether it's the three new influenza tests or a specific test for tuberculosis, read on for the inside scoop on upcoming lab code changes. Recently, CMS provided a sneak peak at new lab test codes for 2011. The listing covers CPT codes that the AMA mad... Read >

Watch out when using E-Codes

17th September 2010
Do you report injuries or poisonings? If so, you should be familiar with E codes. But prior to turning to these codes, see to it that you remember these three warnings that will prevent your claim from getting tripped by a denial. 1.Do not lose the purpo... Read >

ICD-9 2011 Solves Partial Removal Stumper

08th September 2010
When you cannot get all of a splinter out, there will be a new diagnosis code series that'll tell you the story. Family Physicians are familiar with foreign body removal that gets only a part of the object - and come this fall, they will have a diagnosis ... Read >

ICD 9 Codes Online: for 425.8 Clues, Check ICD-9 Guide

01st September 2010
If you are a cardiology coder, you may often be bowled over by questions such as this. "While glancing through the ICD-9 manual, I wanted to have a look at the ICD-9 codes for sarcoidosis with cardiomyopathy. In the index, under 'sarcoidosis, cardiac', th... Read >

Tips to help you Code 31626 with Confidence

24th August 2010
Often radiation oncologists use markers to ensure they are pinpointing the right anatomic area. This means you have to be able to pinpoint the right marker placement code. Keep a look out on: You have one more code to select from CPT 2010's introduction ... Read >

Importance of Coding Diabetes Mellitus

19th August 2010
Diabetes coding guidelines: One of the most common diseases seen in Medicare beneficiaries is diabetes mellitus. It is a disease in which the body fails to properly produce or use insulin. It can also be one of the toughest conditions to code properly un... Read >

Follow Steps to Boost ICD 9 Coding

18th August 2010
Your CPT codes should always be linked to a proper appropriate ICD-9 code, however, selecting the proper ICD-9 code for presenting problems versus underlying conditions can be challenging. Here are four steps to boost your ICD-9 coding: Step 1: Depend on... Read >

Tips to Help you Capture Percutaneous, Kyphoplasty, Vertebroplasty Payment

24th July 2010
If you do not know the difference between kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty, you and practice are in for denials and lost reimbursement. Kyphoplasty is similar to vertebroplasty, however the two are not identical and you should not code them in the same way.... Read >

CPT Assistant: Which code for autism screenings?

18th July 2010
Autism is a disorder of development, which is not easy to detect in very young children. But children who get early intervention have improved long-term prognoses. Keeping this in mind, the Modified - Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) was made to ... Read >

2011 ICD-9 code changes New V Codes

14th July 2010
Every year, October is a month when you come face to face with ICD-9 code changes. This year too you will witness lots of new changes. So if you are a cardiology coder here are some proposed 2011 ICD-9 code changes. This time round, you will need to learn... Read >

CCI Coding and Blepharoplasty Codes

05th July 2010
With the latest CCI edits 16.1 going into effect on April 1, you should take a look at your eyelid surgery claims. If your practice carries out blepharoplasty procedures on the eyelid, take note of the fact that CCI bundles blepharoplasty codes 15820-158... Read >

Get All Information on Cpt Codes Online

01st July 2010
A patient entered the emergency department with severe abdominal pain. The physician who was attending it diagnosed it as appendicitis, and considered it to be an emergency case. But still the patient was admitted and was in observation for 40 minutes bef... Read >
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