Better Understanding COPD
Mar15

Better Understanding COPD

Chronic obstructive bronchitis and emphysema are two conditions that comprise COPD. Both are commonly caused by smoking, and many patients have features of both conditions and the two often occur together.

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Getting Specific with the Unspecified
Feb14

Getting Specific with the Unspecified

What should providers do to avoid unnecessary denials?

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New Year, New Me… A New Year’s Coding Resolution
Jan11

New Year, New Me… A New Year’s Coding Resolution

This is your year to be the best coder that you can be.

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Endovascular Abdominal Aneurysm Repair
Dec15

Endovascular Abdominal Aneurysm Repair

Back in the days of ICD-9 coding, the encoder was pretty straightforward when it came to procedure coding. Nowadays, the encoder will help craft a PCS code that looks right but isn’t quite right.

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To Code or Not To Code
Nov08

To Code or Not To Code

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Risk Adjustment model is not new. However, Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) seem to be this year’s buzz word.

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Coding Surveillance Colonoscopy
Oct12

Coding Surveillance Colonoscopy

Now that coding professionals are all on the same page regarding code assignment, problem solved… right? If only it were that simple.

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