Procedure coding, general

March/April 2015 Issue
The Cure for Claims Denials [Feature]

Here are six reasons your claims might be getting denied and what you and your staff can do to prevent it.

July/August 2013 Issue
Do You Know What Is (or Isn't) in Your Documentation? [Feature]

The author, a certified professional coder, presents three sample progress notes, challenging the reader to code them appropriately and then explaining how the notes appear from the coder's point of view and what codes she believes the notes will support.

January/February 2013 Issue
12 Errors to Avoid in Coding Skin Procedures [Feature]

The authors describe common errors in coding of skin biopsies, incisions, excisions, shaves, etc., and offer advice on how to avoid such errors.

January/February 2012 Issue
CPT 2012: Updated & Clarified [Feature]

As usual, the 2012 annual update to Current Procedural Terminology changes a number of codes important to family physicians. Here, the author explains the code changes most likely to affect their coding practice.

January/February 2011 Issue
A Microcosm of the Health Care 'System' [From The Editor]

Should a patient ask you what's wrong with health care today, where do you start?

Jan 2006 Issue
CPT 2006: Another Year, Another Round of Updates [Feature]

This article describes changes in CPT codes for 2006 in the areas most likely to affect family physicians.

Oct 2005 Issue
Don't Get Burned Coding Common Skin Procedures [Feature]

The author walks readers through the rules and the correct terminology for coding for skin prodecures. He also provides a cheat sheet to simplify "skin coding."

Jun 2005 Issue
Are You Prepared to Defend Your Coding? [Getting Paid]

The authors offer readers an action plan to use in reacting/responding to payers' accusations of incorrect coding.

Jan 2005 Issue
CPT 2005: Another Case of Update Now or Pay Later [Getting Paid]

This article describes changes in CPT codes for 2005 in the areas most likely to affect family physicians.

Jun 2004 Issue
Are You Coding Accurately? [Getting Paid]

This article provides readers with step-by-step instructions for checking their E/M coding distribution with national guidelines established in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Family Practice Profile.

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