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Sunday Aug 01, 2021

New diagnosis codes are coming. Here are some family physicians should know

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released this year’s slate of changes. Start preparing now, so your claims can be paid smoothly.

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Posted at 11:45PM Aug 01, 2021 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Monday Dec 21, 2020

COVID-19: New ICD-10 codes for the new year

The new codes will change prior CDC guidelines for reporting certain encounters.

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Posted at 11:45PM Dec 21, 2020 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Friday Oct 25, 2019

ICD-10-CM vaping coding guidance

The CDC has issued supplemental ICD-10 guidance to help physicians submit claims for services provided to patients with vaping-related lung injuries.

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Posted at 10:45AM Oct 25, 2019 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Thursday Dec 06, 2018

How to properly code for a pre-op examination

Family physicians are often asked to preform pre-surgical evaluations for patients undergoing procedures. This requires selecting the correct codes.

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Posted at 12:30PM Dec 06, 2018 by Betsy Nicoletti | Comments [0]

Friday Nov 09, 2018

More is not always better for diagnosis coding

Some physicians question whether they should report diagnoses beyond those addressed at a patient visit to ensure the best possible HCC score (and thus the best possible risk adjustment).

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Posted at 04:00PM Nov 09, 2018 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Wednesday Oct 31, 2018

How to code a screening test vs. a monitoring test (and why it matters)

At annual exams, patients often expect that any tests ordered will be considered preventive and covered 100 percent by their insurer. To avoid confusion, make sure you follow this ICD-10 rule.

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Posted at 05:00PM Oct 31, 2018 by Betsy Nicoletti | Comments [0]

Friday Sep 28, 2018

Use of hurricane-related ICD-10 codes is changing

The external cause codes for hurricane-related encounters have existed since ICD-10 was adopted. The important change, beginning Oct. 1, is that the National Center for Health Statistics provided clear definition on how to apply the codes correctly.

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Posted at 02:45PM Sep 28, 2018 by Barbara Hays | Comments [0]

Thursday Aug 30, 2018

Coding for wound care: Is your EHR leading you astray?

Remember these tips for properly coding three common types of wounds.

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Posted at 04:00PM Aug 30, 2018 by Betsy Nicoletti | Comments [0]

Thursday Aug 23, 2018

Medicare rolls out new cards to another group of states

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has started mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries who live in “Wave 5” states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. 

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Posted at 02:15PM Aug 23, 2018 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Friday Aug 17, 2018

Proper diagnosis coding for malignant neoplasms

When selecting diagnosis codes for suspected, current, and personal history of malignant neoplasms, you need to follow specific rules for ICD-10.

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Posted at 01:30PM Aug 17, 2018 by Betsy Nicoletti | Comments [0]

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