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Get the most up-to-minute news and information on ICD-10. Join Chuck Buck and Erica Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, every Tuesday as they welcome ICD10monitor contributing editors and special guests to monitor and report on the progress that all healthcare stakeholders are experiencing in their respective implementations of ICD-10. Register to attend live here: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1236510&tp_key=da0e4c0f76
 
The HIMSS ICD-10 Provider Podcast Series offers brief audio interviews on managing the transition to and implementation of ICD-10. Designed for healthcare providers, the series provides insights from physicians and other content experts on important ICD-10 topics. Take the time to learn while listening to healthcare leaders who share their advice on understanding and transitioning to ICD-10.
 
Before medical school you want to help people feel better. Once you start training and get into your practice,whether it is private, hospital-based, institutional, academic or corporate, you discover the distress of toxic work habits, stressed health professionals and bureaucracy. You are in danger of becoming a faceless white coat that doesn’t have a clue how to feel good! This show meets doctors and allied health professionals where they are, from medical school, residency, fellowship, pra ...
 
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Infection rates from the coronavirus are declining. Vaccination rates are increasing. And while that’s good news, word on the ground is anything but good. Vaccination distribution in the U.S. has been, by most accounts, uneven, with reports of supplies not keeping up with demand in many states. And this week, a spate of bad weather, particularly in…
 
It’s Top Ten Tuesday time as Terry answers questions on depression screening, alcohol misuse screening, and smoking cessation. There are also ABN compliance questions along with coding for burning your mouth… on hot sauce! Also, have you ever heard of DM 1.5? We have the coding details. Subscribe and Listen You can subscribe to our podcasts via: Ap…
 
Bleu is a certified medical coder and active member of The American Health Information Management Association where she currently holds a Certified Coding Associate credential. She has been perfecting her craft since 2008, dedicated to sharpening her skills in the outpatient setting. Her experience in the clinical setting includes specialties such …
 
They’re standing in long lines, often in the early morning darkness and in the cold, waiting for access to community vaccination centers all across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 million doses are being administered daily to grateful recipients. Yet there’s still the disturbing trend of v…
 
On this episode of the CodeCast, Terry focuses on February’s Heart Health Month, where many of us are wearing red to bring awareness to good cardiovascular habits and good heart healthy habits. Taking that to heart, Terry takes a look at cardiology coding as a focus, since so much has been addressed with COVID during the past year. She reminds us t…
 
Stacie Buck is President & Senior Consultant at RadRx based in Stuart, FL. RadRx provides diagnostic and interventional radiology coding and consulting services to a nationwide client base consisting of hospitals, imaging centers, radiologists, billing companies, and various consulting companies. Stacie Buck on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in…
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is forecasting that there will be more than 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. by the third week of February. In the meantime, the U.S. vaccine rollout fell short of federal projections, according to Bloomberg News, which noted that the initial round of shots, delivered through early…
 
When COVID-19 emerged in early 2020, new ICD-10-CM codes to identify this condition were not available. Subsequently, they were added by the CDC mid-year, and the guidelines for reporting COVID-19 changed many times as the pandemic evolved throughout 2020. Terry discusses the correct application of ICD-10-CM “Z” codes to report encounters for COVID…
 
Stacie Buck is President & Senior Consultant at RadRx based in Stuart, FL. RadRx provides diagnostic and interventional radiology coding and consulting services to a nationwide client base consisting of hospitals, imaging centers, radiologists, billing companies, and various consulting companies. Stacie Buck on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in…
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is forecasting that there will be more than 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. by the third week of February. In the meantime, there has been a flurry of activity by major pharmaceutical companies to work together to help meet the huge demand for vaccines, all against the backdrop of…
 
Incident to rules have been a target of compliance lately with payers. Terry revisits the rules and gives some scenarios on when services can be billed under the physician and/or the APP. Audits have arrived: let’s make sure we are compliant in all aspects of our billing processes for our NPs and PAs. Subscribe and Listen You can subscribe to our p…
 
Dr. John Zelem is a Board-Certified general surgeon with more than 25 years of clinical experience, has transitioned out of clinical practice into Healthcare Executive Leadership. As a previous Vice-President, he has over 13 years of experience in compliance, utilization management/review, federal regulations, sales, account management, and many ot…
 
There has long been a focus on improving documentation for the purpose of maximizing the capture of complications and morbidities and major complications and morbidities (CCs and MCCs). As value-based purchasing is becoming more widely adopted, the importance of improving documentation is becoming more relevant. Case in point: the importance of coa…
 
After presenting over 30 Webinars on the 2021 E/M Guidelines, Terry continues receiving questions about clarifications on what AMA and CMS are expecting when medical providers are documenting in a patient’s chart. This week, our Top 10 Tuesday Q&A addresses many of those questions and more! Subscribe and Listen You can subscribe to our podcasts via…
 
Dr. John Zelem is a Board-Certified general surgeon with more than 25 years of clinical experience, has transitioned out of clinical practice into Healthcare Executive Leadership. As a previous Vice-President, he has over 13 years of experience in compliance, utilization management/review, federal regulations, sales, account management, and many ot…
 
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus is approaching the number of Americans killed in World War II, and as America is experiencing another surge of infections, the once-unthinkable subject of rationing care is now being debated. But how is care to be rationed? Is there a uniform guide for triaging care, as the availability of all beds, ICU beds…
 
With a new administration coming into the White House, what CMS policies will continue and which ones will be halted or rolled back? Terry discusses what a new administration could mean for patients and hospitals, but also your bottom line if certain regulations are changed under the Biden administration. The 2021 inpatient surgery list elimination…
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2021 Final Rule and 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) are effective Jan. 1, 2021, and both affect reimbursement. But in a rare move, CMS increased the conversion factor (CF) in the MPFS twice in one week as a result of the COVID-19 relief bill, which added a hike of 3.75 percent. For an u…
 
This week on the CodeCast Podcast, CMS once again threw us for a loop by not only doubling the 3.75% increase to the 2021 Fee Schedule but also the extending the PHE. What does that mean for medical practices? Join us this week for important updates as Terry discusses the impact of these changes as well as clarifying the EM MDM Data Point and Risk …
 
Join us for this important update, as we are now into the New Year. It’s time to make sure we understand the Myths and Realities of the MPFS and what the December 28th COVID Relief Bill signed by President Trump did to the projected Medicare reimbursement. Terry will also discuss the PHE services that have been added, the ones still in effect, and …
 
This week Terry has some fun with coding by giving you the Top 10 holiday related ICD-10-CM codes for your last week of the year. These will show up as chief complaints of patients! Is there a Code for a Christmas tree falling on you? Yes, there is a code for that. Also, Terry updates everyone on the COVID-19 Relief Bill if it does or doesn’t pass,…
 
While it is true that during the PHE Medicare and other commercial insurance plans are covering E/M Telephone visits (99441-99443) on a temporary basis, practices should not take this as a license to over-utilize these codes. They should not forget about the ‘virtual check in” options either. Terry discusses what it takes to support a phone call ba…
 
Sue Chamberlain is a graduate from Ferris State University with a bachelor's degree in Health Information Management, and a Master's in Career and Technology Education, with a focus on training and development in the workforce. With 30 years in the field, Sue's career has included working in acute care hospitals, large multi-specialty physician gro…
 
There have been a lot of questions flooding in about how to ICD10-CM code a COVID patient, or a suspected COVID patient, or even a post-COVID patient wanting to return to work. But how do you report those visits accurately? Terry goes over the clarifying codes and situations on today’s episode, along with an E/M 2021 clarification that has many baf…
 
Sue Chamberlain is a graduate from Ferris State University with a bachelor's degree in Health Information Management, and a Master's in Career and Technology Education, with a focus on training and development in the workforce. With 30 years in the field, Sue's career has included working in acute care hospitals, large multi-specialty physician gro…
 
Out in the West Texas “town” of El Paso, a number of COVID-19 patients are being treated with a new monoclonal antibody infusion called bamlanivimab. Now in the second week of the operation being conducted in the El Paso Convention Center’s makeshift hospital, Dr. Edward Michelson, Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Texas Tech Univers…
 
On December 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that includes updates on policy changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), and other Medicare Part B issues, on or after January 1, 2021. Due to the flood of changes, Terry discusses the talking points for the changes, and some qui…
 
NEC Podcast host and producer, Brian Cui, shares his LinkedIn Strategies that will help you get noticed and promote your professional brand. There is a PowerPoint presentation associated with this podcast episode. If you would like the presentation, go to medicalcodinggeek.com/services and then check out our Facebook groups and join the "Not Elsewh…
 
There’s a recently added CPT® code for personal protective equipment (PPE). But there’s a corresponding catch: who pays and who doesn’t, and what’s the best practice for handling the new normal in physician practices? Could the new code, 99072, although a payable service by Medicare, as well as commercial payers, wind up being a patient’s out-of-po…
 
Medical coding and billing errors can cause a host of problems. Denied or partially paid claims are costly in dollars and cents. However, they can also cost you lost time, delayed payments, lower-quality patient care, angry patients, loss of reputation, and, in extreme cases, audits and fines — all of which can put your provider’s medical practice …
 
Happy Thanksgiving! Here's a solo episode (longer than 30 minutes) that discusses some advice on connecting (keeping them awake) with your virtual audience with suggested audio, video, and presenting tips. Brian Cui on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/briancui/ Alpha Coding Podcast: https://www.alphacodingexperts.com/podcast-1 UR Just a Number…
 
Thanksgiving, the flu season, and a dramatic surge of the COVID-19 pandemic are converging at a time when the nation’s coronavirus death toll has reportedly exceeded 250,000, with more than 11 million confirmed cases. With soaring infection rates come more testing, as well as more hospitalizations and deaths. A focus on COVID-19 testing will come i…
 
This week Terry gives you a top ten list of audit flags Telehealth Services can bring. What payers are looking for when audio-only visits are billed? Do you have the “lists” of approved services and providers for Telehealth? This episode will discuss the importance of being compliant for Telehealth under the PHE and what to expect once the PHE ends…
 
The global coronavirus pandemic is worsening quickly, and at a time when winter is bearing down, forcing more of us to remain inside. In fact, health experts are predicting that confirmed daily cases of COVID-19 will climb above 200,000 nationally. With soaring infection rates come more testing, as well as more hospitalizations and deaths. A focus …
 
Join Terry Fletcher as she keeps you abreast of current information in the field of medical billing and coding. This week’s CodeCast Podcast is an update on 2021 Medicare alerts and share of cost for patients, plus the status of ICD-11. Subscribe and Listen You can subscribe to our podcasts via: Apple Podcasts – Google Podcasts – Spotify – Stitcher…
 
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