Recent technological advancements have changed the way we see things, paving the way for the growth of concepts such as telemedicine, or telehealth, in the field of medical technology. Telehealth is a method of providing clinical healthcare to someone from a distance, by the use of telecommunication and information technology.Read More
In today’s connected world, almost everyone has heard the term HIPAA, or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and has some idea that it’s related to healthcare privacy. However, some entities tout themselves as being HIPAA Certified. What does that mean, especially to a company looking for this type of certification?Read More
The ICD-10 frenzy came and went. Armageddon type reparations were made for the major overhaul ICD-10 brought about. Employers hired extra coding staff in preparation of possible delays while coders adjusted to the higher levels of specificity. Now ICD-11 is coming and preparations have begun. Let’s look at what ICD-11 will bring and how you can be part of the upcoming changes.Read More
Whether you're facing a backlog associated with growing lag days or discharged not final-billed (DNFB), you're preparing for an Electronic Health Records (EHR) conversion, expanding your service line, or there are geographic obstacles preventing you from finding all the internal coding resources you need... outsourcing can be the answer you're looking for.Read More
As coders we face many struggles, including determining when the use of modifier 25 is appropriate.
Modifier 25 was designed to indicate a significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management (EM) service, by the same physician/specialty on the day of a procedure with a global period of 0/10 days. What can be challenging is knowing when to apply the modifier correctly.Read More
Often times we find ourselves in a same old, same old place due to safe career choices. We find ourselves in a comfortable job where everything is familiar and routine. It’s fine for a while, but eventually it gets rather boring. How did this happen to me? How did I get myself in such a rut? If this sounds familiar, it may be time for a change!
A smart move would be to consider a career in Health Information Management (HIM). The HIM industry is growing by leaps and bounds and there are many career paths in this dynamic field.Read More
The local Spokane chapter of the American Academy of Professional Coders elected Teresa Tate-Weyer, CPC as incoming chapter president for 2016. Tate will assume the position January 1st, 2016.Read More