Did you know there’s a competition to determine the “best” coder? The 2nd Annual ICD-10 Coding Contest took place July 14 - August 11, 2017. Central Learning sponsored the coding competition and recruited coders from all over the nation to participate in coding a total of 1,636 real medical record cases. Ninety-nine percent of the participants were certified coders. The inpatient coders who participated had an average of 14.3 years coding experience while the outpatient coder experience averaged 9.9 years.Read More
The healthcare industry is maturing to meet the demands of the country’s aging population. As Americans grow older, they consume more healthcare services. Not surprisingly, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports medical coding is expected to grow by 15 percent in the coming years.Read More
ICD-10 mirrors Y2K; speculation and anxiety surrounding new changes and the unknown. Just like Y2K, we all survived without catastrophic meltdown.Read More
Did you know almost one fifth of the US population lives in a rural area? Critical Access Hospitals, otherwise known as CAHs, make up nearly 30% of the nation’s acute care hospitals. The CAH designation is designed to reduce the financial vulnerability of rural hospitals and improve access to healthcare by keeping essential services in rural communities.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
Question: I’m seeing a lot of physicians assigning diabetes with hyperglycemia for “uncontrolled” diabetes. Somehow this doesn’t seem right. Could someone explain to me what the criteria for hyperglycemia is?
Answer: Hyperglycemia has no strict definition and varies from patient to patient in different situations. Anything over a blood glucose over 100 can be considered “hyperglycemia”. In practice...Read More