Coding

Coding

In Audit
Jul 15th, 2015
by Peggy Stilley, CPC, CPC-I, COBGC Conducting a baseline audit of your practice—and taking proactive action to correct and prevent coding, billing, and other compliance shortfalls—does require a considerable effort. But however painful that process m...
In Coding
Jul 15th, 2015
by John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer. It begins in the squamous cells, which comprise most of the skin’s epidermis. SCCs often occur on the sun-exposed areas of the body, such as the r...
In Coding
Jul 15th, 2015
by John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Obesity means having too much body fat. Obesity increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and some cancers. If you are obese, losing even 5-10 percent of your weight can delay or prevent some of thes...
In Billing
Jul 15th, 2015
by John Verhovshek, MA, CPC If a code describes the “first hour” of service, you must provide and document at least 31 minutes of service. Likewise, if the unit of service is 30 minutes, you must perform and document at least 16 minutes of service (an...
In Audit
Jul 15th, 2015
by John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Medical necessity is demonstrated based on information captured in the history of present illness (HPI). Documentation quality matters more than quantity. The information should be relevant to the presenting problem(s), and...
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