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Understanding Screening Codes

Understanding Screening Codes

Patients reporting to a practice or facility when they are sick is nothing unusual, but there is a somewhat less common reason that drives people to see their doctors. Screenings allow providers to test a patient for certain diseases or abnormalities while the patient...

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Initial Communication For TCM

Initial Communication For TCM

When patients are discharged from the hospital, it’s easy to think that their medical issues are over and that they are back to proper health. Unfortunately, the reality is that plenty of patients need significantly more time to recover after check-out, and many can...

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How Does A Clearinghouse Operate?

How Does A Clearinghouse Operate?

If you work as a medical biller, you’re almost certainly familiar with the term “clearinghouse.” But to those looking to get into the field or to transition from front desk work to the billing side of things, knowing the basics behind these organizations can be a...

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HIV Testing & Coding

HIV Testing & Coding

Although the National HIV Testing Day may have fallen on June 27th, it is still important that adults of all ages understand the benefit of HIV testing. HIV, also known by its longer name human immunodeficiency virus, affects roughly 1.1 million Americans, and nearly...

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ICD-11 Still A Long Way Off

ICD-11 Still A Long Way Off

As discussed in a previous blog, ICD-11 made its official debut back in May. But before you scramble to throw away your ICD-10 books and make room for the latest information, it’s important to understand that true ICD-11 implementation is still years away. As of right...

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Understanding Venipuncture Coding

Understanding Venipuncture Coding

Venipuncture coding may seem like an intimidating task, but it’s actually fairly straightforward once you understand the basics. To that effect, AAPC has put together a handy list of important information to keep in mind when coding these common procedures. First,...

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Bone Marrow Coding Changes

Bone Marrow Coding Changes

Under 2018 updates, two codes for reporting bone marrow services have changed significantly. Both the old codes and the updated versions are provided below. Old 38220: Bone marrow, aspiration only 38221: Bone marrow, biopsy, needle or trocar New 38220: Diagnostic bone...

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New Remote Monitoring Codes

New Remote Monitoring Codes

Thanks to the campaigning of several prominent medical groups, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hopefully soon reimburse several additional remote monitoring codes instead of simply 99091 (Physician/healthcare professional collection and...

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