Slideshare: June 2014 Q&A Medical Coding Webinar

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The June 2014 Medical Coding Webinar Q & A from discussed several Medical Coding topics of interest to medical coders including ASC CMS 1500 form vs. UB04, National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) and Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs), Place of Service Codes, and Status Codes. New courses in auditing (CPMA) and ICD-10-PCS coding were highlighted. CodingCertification.Org’s [...]

Need health insurance – Understanding Health Insurance Text Review

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The textbook Understand Health Insurance by Michelle A. Green and JoAnn C. Rowell is a comprehensive and gold-standard text used to teach medical billing.  I have taught medical billing using this text for many years and this article will explain what the book contains and why I think it’s a great text for teaching medical [...]

Good Practice in the Medical Coding Exam | Practicode – Video

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Laureen: Q#19: Does Practicode work in ICD-9? And would this be a good practice for the certification exam? A: Yes. Practicode does work at ICD-9 and it’s absolutely a good practice for the exam. It’s not the same as a timed mock board exam where you have multiple choice questions but it’s definitely good practice [...]

Biller and coder – Scoping Out Your Next Credential: CCS-P vs. CPC

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Whether your dream is to be a certified medical coder or to be more qualified one, there is often a “what credential should I be seeking next?” quandary going on in the coder’s mind. In this article, let’s look at factors to consider when choosing between the Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-Based (CCS-P®) from AHIMA [...]

Preparing for the CPC Exam – Apprentice Status – Video

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Q#13: How long do I have to be an apprentice status and how do I get it removed? A: You get it removed when you have two years or equivalent experience. If you have an 80-hour coding course like ours, the AAPC will waive one of those years of experience, then you’ll only need one [...]

Slideshare: May 2014 Q&A Medical Coding Webinar

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The May 2014 Q&A Medical Coding Webinar from discussed several Medical Coding topics of interest to medical coders including Cardiology, Orthopedics, Path & Lab: Panels and Drug Screenings, Diagnosis for Growth Evaluation, Abstracting a Coding Case, How to Determine Bundling/CCI, and External Causes of Morbidity. New courses in auditing (CPMA) and ICD-10-PCS coding were [...]

CPC Exam – Job for Medical Coders – Video

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Q#10: I’m taking my CPC exam in April, do you know if I can use my CPT…? A: No, no, no. Alicia: No. Laureen: Do not use old manuals. Can you? Yes. Should you? No. Alicia: No. Laureen: You’re paying $300, why do you want to risk having to go take it again. And many, [...]

Preparing for the Medical Billing Certification Exam through AAPC

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I am commonly asked by my students how to prepare for the medical billing certification exam through AAPC.  Here are the steps that I suggest to my own medical billing students: Step 1: Get good medical billing training. The gold standard text for teaching medical billing is the Understanding Health Insurance book by Michelle Green [...]

Medical Billing Certifications – Certified Medical Billers

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The medical billing career requires  certified medical billers with skills to handle all aspects of the billing cycle.  Without proper training in medical billing, payer rules,  and regulatory issues, reimbursement will be compromised. The Certified Professional Biller (CPB) through AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) has provided a national certification  examination that demonstrates this knowledge to the medical community. Medical Billing Certifications – [...]

Understanding ICD 10 CM – Medical Coding Books – Video

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Q#7: The best ICD medical coding books? They mean textbook, I think? Alicia: Textbook or manual, I wonder? Laureen: A: Well, if it’s textbook I like the one that Alicia is teaching from. What’s the name of that one? Understanding – Alicia: Yeah. Understanding ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS: A Worktext. You can get it through Cengage [...]