What’s everyone else reading?
Only fellow coders will appreciate this, but the most frequently read article on CodingIntel.com remains Coding for Screening Colonoscopy.
- Psychotherapy changes for 2017
- Billing for a pap smear, and
- The new anticoagulation management codes
were the next most frequently read articles.
And there is strong interest in the difference between facility and non-facility billing, continuing use of consultation codes and prolonged services.
Members only—tip sheets, guides, webinars
CodingIntel has a section of quick coding cheat sheets. If you haven’t looked at that recently, I suggest downloading the “Definitive guide to documenting time” and the “Lesion destruction tip sheet.”
There are webinars, both live and on demand. Members are guaranteed a spot for live webinars. On demand webinars require that you take a post test in order to get the AAPC CEU. You can see the list here.
And, don’t forget to look at the billing guides! There are guides for critical care, newborn and pediatric billing, global surgery and more.
Free for all (but not a free for all!)
I know that some of you work in practices where the group won’t buy you a new CPT book every year. I know this because I hear it from you. I have some suggestions at the end of this blog post about other free resources. But there is free content right here on CodingIntel.com.
The blog (NicolettiNotes) is free. There are some short videos with the topic “Can I get paid to….,” and a Q&A section.
If your practice does minor procedures, I suggest you read “Avoid these 4 costly errors.”
And, a perennial problem diagnosis coding: “Can you screen for an existing condition?”
I use web resources all the time, and I’m sure you do too, whether you’re a subscriber or not.
I often start with Google, and use it as a starting point. We don’t code from Google, but it can point me in the right direction.
The AAPC Q&A forum, similarly, points me in the right direction. I’m grateful when coders answer questions with a source citation and view all Q&A forums with the appropriate amounts of gratitude and skepticism.
Definitive answers come from the CPT book and other AMA resources, The CPT Assistant and the CPT Changes, an Insider’s Guide, published annually. The CMS manual system contains a wealth of information.
I am always looking at the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 12 but you might find other chapters are useful to you.If you are considering joining CodingIntel, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, sign up now for a FREE 30 day trial.