Building a Foundation for Inpatient Coding of Neoplasm

Cathie Wilde, RHIA, CCS - Director, Coding Services Inpatient Coding Leave a Comment

February is National Cancer Prevention Month which promotes taking personal action to lower your risks for cancer. These include making healthy lifestyle choices for diet, exercise, avoiding tobacco products, protection against the sun as well as getting recommended cancer screenings and vaccinating against certain viruses that can cause cancer (e.g., human papillomavirus...

10 Best Tips for Coder Education Strategy

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Education Leave a Comment

You’ve got an education budget for 2021 and an entire team of motivated and knowledge-thirsty coders to teach. The challenging part? Choosing the topics. You need to choose wisely. After all, you’re taking coders out of a production environment for hours or even days at a time. Ideally, the information they glean is timely, immediately actionable, and relevant to your...

Injections and Infusions for Chemotherapy

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Medical Coding Leave a Comment

Coding Injections and Infusions for Chemotherapy Coding injections and infusions of chemotherapy agents often seems a little daunting, but understanding a few foundational definitions and principles can make code selection much easier. Read on to review the basics of injection and infusion coding that apply when reporting the administration of chemotherapy. Injections ...

Roadmap to Address Barriers to Care

Suzanne Neve, RHIA, CTR - Director, Cancer Registry Cancer Registry Leave a Comment

Many cancer patients encounter challenges that can delay or prevent them from receiving timely or appropriate care. In our current health care environment navigating cancer care services has become increasingly complex. Despite progress that is made to expand access, there are still gaps in the delivery system. The patient’s knowledge and understanding of their diagnosis...

Improving Patient Outcomes with Synoptic Operative Standards

Suzanne Neve, RHIA, CTR - Director, Cancer Registry Leave a Comment

New Synoptic Operative Standards Paving the way for Updated Best Practices of Cancer Care. Introduction Medical record documentation is an essential component to ensuring patient safety and quality of care in oncologic surgery. Surgical procedures are usually documented in narrative operative reports which are subjective and may lack important information. There is a...

Repost: 4 Factors Affecting the Post-COVID Cancer Care Landscape

Charlie Saponaro - CEO Covid-19 Leave a Comment

Four Factors Affecting the Post-COVID Cancer Care Landscape by  Lijo Simpson, MD Like many healthcare providers, my practice at Atlanta Cancer Care has seen significant changes in most areas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When the virus emerged earlier this year, we had to move fast to ensure our patients were protected from infection while delivering the best possible...

Coding Spinal Fusion: PCS vs. CPT

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Medical Coding Leave a Comment

Coding Spinal Fusion: PCS vs. CPT When circumstances call for coding the same procedure in both CPT and ICD-10-PCS, a number of variables can make it challenging to get the coding right. For instance, the rules and guidelines that dictate whether an accessory procedure is integral to the primary procedure or separately reportable vary with the type of codes you are using.

Obstetrical Inpatient Diagnosis Coding - A Refresher

Cathie Wilde, RHIA, CCS - Director, Coding Services Inpatient Coding Leave a Comment

OBSTETRICAL INPATIENT DIAGNOSIS CODING – A REFRESHER Obstetrics is to coding as cats are to animal lovers, you either love or dislike that subset of coding (or the animal kingdom) and there's no in-between. Sometimes a refresher of the highlights related to obstetrical coding can be beneficial for ensuring accurate coding for this type of record or even re-ignite an...

Considering a Career in Medical Coding?

Terry Conway Careers Leave a Comment

Finding a Career in Medical Coding Choosing Coding for a Career The demand for medical coders is growing. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this field to grow by 22% through 2026, and it's not a coincidence. Coding is a great career choice for anyone who wants to be in a non-patient facing position within the healthcare industry. It also offers the benefits...

2021 CPT Code Updates

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS CPT updates Leave a Comment

2021 CPT Code Updates It’s the most wonderful time of the year…annual CPT code updates! Who doesn’t love a good code update, right? Well, for 2021, AMA gives the people what they want with the release of 329 changes to CPT as outlined below and all changes going into effect January 1, 2021. · 206 new codes · 54 code deletions · 69 code revisions Keep reading to get a...

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