The Medical Minute – MMI Medical Blog

Medical Billing Vs. Medical Coding

On the surface, medical billing and medical coding can look quite similar to the untrained eye. After all, they both involves processing a patient’s information and the provider’s documentation, and they are both essential to making sure that the medical facilities...

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E&M Codes from the Clinical Side

Though medical coders are the people responsible for sifting through patient documentation and choosing the correct codes for a diagnosis, they are only one side of the coin. On the other half lies clinical staff, the doctors, nurses, therapists, and other medical...

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Cloned Progress Notes

When it comes to inpatient coding, progress notes are one of the fundamental pieces of documentation that hospitals use to track a patient’s condition. As expected, these notes list any updates to the patient’s treatment or diagnosis, including any newly developed...

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2018 ICD-10-PCS Updates

With the 2018 fiscal year fast approaching, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has gone ahead and released the ICD-10-PCS updates for the coming season. These updates will go into effect on October 1st, 2017 and will remain the national standard...

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WannaCry Solutions

On Friday, May 12th, hospitals around the world fell victim to the malicious ransomware known as WannaCry. Starting that morning, medical workers logged into their computers to find a startling discovery: their files were now encrypted, blocked from their access and...

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Good Study Habits

You’ve signed up for a course, paid your registration fee, and started working your way through the first unit. But when it comes time for the unit quiz (or, if applicable, the dreaded certification exam itself), do you know the best way to prepare yourself? Good...

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Code 99211: 3 Common Mistakes

Requiring an average of five minutes of time and none of the three key E&M components, code 99211 is typically used for basic or routine procedures. Because of its straightforward nature, this code does not even require the direct presence of a physician. This in...

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E&M Training: Top 4 Benefits

Now more than ever, proper understanding of Evaluation & Management (E&M) coding is vital to maintaining your practice. As healthcare continues to grow, medical professionals need an ever-expanding arsenal of knowledge and experience to fit any scenario. If...

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Multiple Codes in E&M

Despite the seemingly endless number of charts and tables dedicated to determining the perfect code for a patient visit, instances of multiple codes can still cause discrepancies confuse coders who aren’t careful. Chief among these is the difference between physician codes and facility codes. When a patient visits a hospital, it is possible and even likely that multiple codes will be used to convey information to different groups.

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