Medical Coding – HCPCS and CPT codes | Disc Herniation vs Disc Degeneration – Video

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Q #16: Will there be at anytime HCPCS and CPT codes together A: Well, yes. I guess so. The only time you really use HCPCS codes is if you are doing Medicare. They’re the other ones that really like the HCPCS codes. CPT codes, well, yes they will because E/M codes are CPT codes. So, [...]

Should Medical Billing Students Learn ICD-9?

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As a medical billing instructor, I am frequently asked if my students should have an understanding of both ICD-9 and ICD-10. In my opinion, the answer is “yes.”  Whereas medical coders need a detailed knowledge of medical coding guidelines and compliance, the medical biller should have a cursory knowledge of medical coding in general. ICD-10 [...]

How Does Medical Billing Certification Help My Career?

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As a medical billing instructor,  I am asked how being certified in medical billing is helpful. Can a person get a job without being certified? The field of medical billing is vast and expanding.  One can get a job without becoming nationally certified.  Due to the new healthcare legislation and aging of today’s baby boomer [...]

CPC or CCS – AAPC’s Auditors Certification Exam – Video

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Q #4: Is there a certification for the auditor offered through the AAPC? A: Yes, there is. That is a specialty course. It is the same one that Tammy has, and I think Tammy has left us, and I’m going to try and tell you off the top of my head, but I think its [...]

Slideshare: August 2014 Q&A Medical Coding Webinar

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The August 2014 Q&A Medical Coding Webinar from discussed several topics of interest to medical coders including CPC Exam Prep: What is HIPAA?, ICD-9-CM codes 946 and 949, Twins, Compare Septicemia, SIRS and Sepsis, Test Taking Tip for ICD-10, Patient Education on Diabetes, and a Scenario from E/M.. New product offerings from CodingCertification.Org were [...]

Medical Physician Practice Manager – Physician Coding

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The need for experienced medical practice managers has grown rapidly with the implementation of electronic medical records, ever-changing state and federal regulations, and incentive programs such as Meaningful Use and Physician Quality Reporting Services. Physicians frequently make the mistake of hiring managers with no background in medical office management. As a consultant, I deal with [...]

Medical Billing and Coding Course – AAPC Course – Video

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Q #3B: What’s the difference in our billing course and the AAPC’s? A: Well, for one, we have Dawn, and she’s vibrant and exciting to listen to and very knowledgeable, and she’s your personal instructor and coach for our billing course. It makes a big difference when you enjoy listening to your coach. Q #3C: [...]

Jobs in Medical Billing – Jobs in Medical Field

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In the field of medical billing many job opportunities exist.  One can work for a doctor’s office, hospital, clinic, or other facility in the medical billing department. Other types of career-related jobs do exist.  Insurance companies (payers) employee experienced medical billers to process and review claims submissions. There are opportunities as a medical auditor that [...]

ICD 10 Mini Course – Demands for Medical Billing – Video

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Alicia: Q #1: Alicia, is the 2013 books still OK for the ICD-10 mini or 2014 books? A: Well, for ICD-10 it’s not going to matter if it’s the 2013 or 2014, I don’t think. It is still  a draft. I don’t think that they made a lot of changes between 2013 and 2014. You [...]

Slideshare: July 2014 Q&A Medical Coding Webinar

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The July 2014 Q&A Medical Coding Webinar from discussed several topics of interest to medical coders including Botox injection, Billing and Coding, Advance Beneficiary Notices (ABNs), Photo of EVAR (Endovascular Aneurysm Repair), CPC Exam Prep: Overview of RVUs (Relative Value Units), Certificate vs. Certification, and Cardio Codes 92920 – 92978: Stents and Stuff. It [...]