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Practice CPC Exam Package Review – 150 Question CPC Practice Exam, Answer Key, With Full Rationale, Medical Coding Certification Study Guide

What I like most about this CPC Practice Exam Package is that the full answers and rationales are given for all 150 questions. It also refers you to the relevant part of your textbook. They also provide the answer keys to each CPC exam question, so you can go through each one and see if your rationale is correct when testing yourself. I also found the CPC Exam Study Guide very helpful as it summarizes the whole textbook for you. As the CPC exam is an open book exam, you can actually mark your book or highlight the important texts or codes to help you search for the codes faster during the test. Do practice answering all 150 questions of the practice test within 5 and a half hours, make it to 5 hours if you can so you will have time to go back and check your answers.

The CPC Medical Coding Practice Exam is delivered as an electronic download (in the PDF format), which means it’s instantly accessible after purchase. The good news is that it’s priced at only $37.

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What is included in this package?

  • The Full 150 Question CPC Practice Exam
  • Answer Key, With Full Rationale
  • Scan Tron Bubble Sheets
  • The Exam Study Guide, including:
    Common Anatomy Terminology Handouts
    Common Medical Terminology Prefix, Root Word, and Suffix Handouts
  • The Official AAPC Proctor-to-Examinee Instructions (read out loud on the day of the CPC exam)

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By: Katherine Dawson, Certified Professional Coder

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We specialize in preparing students for the AAPC CPC Medical Coding Exam and also the AHIMA CCS-P exam.

 

We also have a CPC Practice Exam Package With Full Study Guide which is very popular because it simulates the 150 Questions in the actual CPC Exam, and we also provide the answer keys and full rationale for each and every question. It even refers you back to the relevant part of your textbook. To get a copy of this sample CPC practice test paper, you can visit http://curemydisorder.com/links/cpcexampracticequestions

 

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Sample CPC Exam Question 2: Musculoskeletal

OPERATIVE NOTE

PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: myelopathy secondary to very large disc herniations at C4-C5 and C5-C6.

POSTOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: myelopathy secondary to very large disc herniations at C4-C5 and C5-C6.

PROCEDURE PERFORMED:

1. Anterior discectomy, C5-C6

2. Arthrodesis, C5-C6

3. Partial corpectomy, C5

4. Machine bone allograft, C5-C6

5. Placement of anterior plate with a Zephyr C6

ANESTHESIA: General

ESTIMATED BLOOD LOSS: 60 mL

COMPLICATIONS: None

INDICATIONS: This is a patient who presents with progressive weakness in the left upper extremity as well as imbalance. He has a very large disc herniation that came behind the body at C5 as well and as well as a large disc herniation at C5-C6. Risks and benefits of the surgery including bleeding, infection, neurologic deficit, nonunion, progressive spondylosis, and lack of improvement were all discussed. He understood and wished to proceed.

DESCRIPTION OF PROCEDURE:

The patient was brought to the operating room and placed in the supine position. Preoperative antibiotics were given. The patient was placed in the supine position with all pressure points noted and well padded. The patient was prepped and draped in standard fashion. An incision was made approximately above the level of the cricoid. Blunt dissection was used to expose the anterior portion of the spine with carotid moved laterally and trachea and esophagus moved medially. I then placed needle into the disc spaces and was found to be at C5-C6. Distracting pins were placed in the body of C6. The disc was then completely removed at C5-C6. There was very significant compression of the cord. This was carefully removed to avoid any type of pressure on the cord. This was very severe and multiple free fragments noted. This was taken down to the level of ligamentum. Both foramen were then also opened. Part of the body of C5 was taken down to assure that all fragments were removed and that there was no additional constriction. The nerve root was then widely decompressed. Machine bone allograft was placed into C5-C6 and then a Zephyr plate was placed in the body C6 with a metal pin placed into the body at C5. Excellent purchase was obtained. Fluoroscopy showed good placement and meticulous hemostasis was obtained. Fascia was closed with 3-0 Vicryl, subcuticular 3-0 Dermabond for skin. The patient tolerated the procedure well and went to recovery in good condition.

a. 22554, 63081, 63082, 20931, 22845

b. 22551, 63081, 20931, 22840

c. 22551, 63081, 63082, 20931, 22845

d. 22554, 63081, 20931, 22840

Rational:

Answer: A

Per. Paul Cadorette and the American Medical Association article titles, “Coding Guidance for Anterior Cervical Arthrodesis”, “When a spinal fusion (arthrodesis) is performed, the first thing a coder needs to recognize is the approach or technique that was utilized. With an anterior (front body approach)to cervical fusion the incision will be made in the patient’s neck, so the key terms to look for are platysma, esophagus, carotid, and sternocleidomastoid. These structures will be divided and/or protected during dissection down the vertebral body. After dissection, the procedure can proceed on one of three ways:

1) When the interspace is prepared (minimal discectomy, perforation of endplates) then 22554 would be reported.

2) When a discectomy is performed to decompress the spinal cord and/or nerve root(s) report 22554 for the arthrodesis along with 63075 for the discectomy procedure.

3) When a partial corpectomy (vertebral body resection) is performed at C5 and C6 report CPT code 22554 for the arthrodesis with 63081 and 63082. Two codes are reported because the corpectomy procedure is performed on two vertebral segments (C5 and C6). CPT codes 63081-63091 include a discectomy above and/or below the vertebral segment, so code 63075 (discectomy) would not be reported if performed at the C5-C6 interspace.

Once the decompression procedure has been completed, a PEEK cage can be placed within the interspace or a structural bone graft can be fashioned to fit the vertebral defect created by the previous corpectomy. Insertion of the PEEK cage would be reported with a biomechanical device code 22851. This code is only reported one time per level even if two cages are placed at C5-C6. When a structural bone graft is used, determine whether it is an allograft (20931)) or an autograft (20938). The bone graft codes are only reported one time per procedure and not once for each level. Finally, the physician will place an anterior plate with screws (22845) across the C5-C6 interspace to stabilize the area fusion”.

Some guidance on coding such procedures can also be located in the Spine (vertebral column) coding guidelines (above code 22010).

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By: Katherine Dawson, Certified Professional Coder

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We specialize in preparing students for the AAPC CPC Medical Coding Exam and also the AHIMA CCS-P exam.

 

We also have a CPC Practice Exam Package With Full Study Guide which is very popular because it simulates the 150 Questions in the actual CPC Exam, and we also provide the answer keys and full rationale for each and every question. It even refers you back to the relevant part of your textbook. To get a copy of this sample CPC practice test paper, you can visit http://curemydisorder.com/links/cpcexampracticequestions

 

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The CPC Exam is one of the most feared terms in the dictionary of a medical coding student. It is a challenge for some, cause of panic for few especially if they are not well prepared and yet for many it is just a process that can help them move forward as their preparations and merit get evaluated and certified. Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination is quite a tough paper without proper preparation, and amongst the medical coding students, they often find it quite essential to practice CPC exam questions before sitting for the actual paper.

CPC and some facts: No one can be completely prepared for an exam, but they can give their all during exam preparation and do their best during the exam. During the preparation phase, finding the courses and sample questions and completing them in the allotted time is very much needed. There are many institutes who provide the medical billing and coding courses online. They also provide assistance for the preparation of the CPC exam practice test.

The idea there is not only to practice the CPC exam questions but also having an expert guide that helps in gathering detailed knowledge, and giving the full rationale answers and reference to the textbook. As the CPC exam is an open book exam, it is essential that every medical coder knows where to flip through the medical code book. The CPC exam practice test helps the students to practice the questions as if in the real exam, within the stipulated time of five and a half hours. This makes them not only certified but also gain recognition as they read the medical charts and assign the correct diagnosis and procedures more precisely.

Online Medical Coding Course And The Facilities:

The medical billing and coding courses online have its own share of advantages. These can be done at any own convenience from the comforts of the home. Laureen Jandroep has developed a Medical Coding Certification Review Blitz Videos for this purpose, which is available both online in video format, plus she also ships a physical copy of the videos in DVD format right to your home. The wonderful thing about these CPC Review Blitz Videos are that they are very affordable and genuinely helpful in your exam preparation, and even helps in your day to day work as a medical coder after you’re certified. These videos along come along with a detailed guide on the CPC Exam, which is an exhaustive review of all the various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures covered in the exam. These medical billing and coding courses online helps to get in touch with the experts such as Laureen Jandroep who demonstrate her proprietary study techniques such as the bubbling and highlighting technique and also teaches you how to make best use of the examination time allowed.

The video blitz reviews and the CPC exam practice test are exhaustive in nature and hence cover for every therapeutic and diagnostic procedure which form part of the exam syllabus. It also covers the physician based medical coding procedures, medical terminology and anatomy courses. When the students practice the CPC exam questions, it helps them in understanding the time allocation also. It is important because though some may say five and half hours is lot of time for an open book exam, in reality it actually feels otherwise. Hence, rather than feeling disheartened and scared for the exam, it is better to begin thorough preparation with the help of all the guides available online. Staying focussed and remembering the tips of the experts of the medical billing and coding courses online holds the key to cracking the exam at your first try.

By: Katherine Dawson, Certified Professional Coder

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We specialize in preparing students for the AAPC CPC Medical Coding Exam and also the AHIMA CCS-P exam.

 

We also have a CPC Practice Exam Package With Full Study Guide which is very popular because it simulates the 150 Questions in the actual CPC Exam, and we also provide the answer keys and full rationale for each and every question. It even refers you back to the relevant part of your textbook. To get a copy of this sample CPC practice test paper, you can visit http://curemydisorder.com/links/cpcexampracticequestions

 

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Sample CPC Exam Question 3: ICD-9-CM

Jim was at a bonfire when he tripped and fell into the flames. Jim sustained multiple burns. He came to the emergency room via an ambulance and was treated for second and third degree burns of his face, second degree burn on his shoulders and forearms, and third degree burns on the fronts of his thighs.

a. 941.20, 841.30, 943.25, 943.21, 945.36, 948.42, E897
b. 941.30, 943.29, 945.36, 948.42, E897
c. 941.09, 943.09, 945.09, 948.64, E897
d. 941.30, 943.29, 945.36, 948.64, E897

Rational

Answer: B

Burn codes always have no less than three codes: A burn code, a total body surface area code (948.XX), and an E code. You can have more than three codes but never less. Burn codes have the following rules (which can be found at the beginning of the ICD-9 book under general guidelines), always code one location to the highest degree (Ex. 1st and 2nd degree burns on the arm, only code 2nd degree). When sequencing burn codes always list the highest degree first (Ex. 1st degree burns to the face and 3rd degree burns to the arm. List the arm burn first and then the face burn). Answer B is the answer because its codes describe the highest degree burn to each anatomical location, it sequences the burn codes in order of highest to lowest degree burns, the 948 (TBSA code) has the correct calculation, and the E code correctly describes the bonfire incident.

Sample CPC Test Questions 4: Anesthesia

When does anesthesia time begin?

a. After the induction of anesthesia is complete
b. During the pre-operative exam prior to entering the OR
c. When the anesthesiologist begins preparing the patient for the induction of anesthesia
d. Once the supervising physician signs over the patient’s care to the anesthesiologist

Rational

Answer: C

The answer to this question can be located in the anesthesia coding guidelines under the title “Time Reporting”

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We specialize in preparing students for the AAPC CPC Medical Coding Exam and also the AHIMA CCS-P exam.

 

We also have a CPC Practice Exam Package With Full Study Guide which is very popular because it simulates the 150 Questions in the actual CPC Exam, and we also provide the answer keys and full rationale for each and every question. It even refers you back to the relevant part of your textbook. To get a copy of this sample CPC practice test paper, you can visit http://curemydisorder.com/links/cpcexampracticequestions

 

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Tips For Passing CPC Exam – Practice CPC Exam Questions

If you are preparing for CPC exam then it is always recommended for you to take the CPC practice exams first, and timing yourself to finish within the stipulated five and a half hours. It is important that the practice CPC exam questions and answers are well crafted, and that full rationale answer keys are provided as this is where you will learn the most from, by learning where to refer for the answers in your medical codebook manual (as the CPC exam is an open book test). The medical coding practice exams that you can take are listed below:

  1. 1.      Downloadable 150 Question Medical Coding Practice Exam comes with a e-book for study tips and the exam questions, price of this whole package is $37 which includes all of the below:

a)      The Full 150 Practice CPC Exam Questions

b)      Answer Key, With Full Rationale

c)      Scan Tron Bubble Sheets

d)      The Exam Study Guide, including:

e)      Common Anatomy Terminology Handouts

f)       Common Medical Terminology Prefix, Root Word, and Suffix Handouts

g)      The Official AAPC Proctor-to-Examinee Instructions (read out loud on the day of the CPC exam)

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  1. The Medical Coding Certification Review Blitz Videos 2013 version, costs $179 for online access plus all free bonuses, or $247 for online access plus all free bonuses with the addition of a physical complete 6 DVD set and book being shipped to you:

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a) 9.5 hours of CPC Exam preparation video (immediate access online, also available in 6 DVDs)

01 Introduction To The Program

02 Medical Terminology CPC® Exam Prep

03 HCPCS CPC® Exam Prep

04 Modifiers CPC® Exam Prep

05 ICD-9 CPC® Exam Prep

06 E&M Section CPC® Exam Prep

07 Anesthesia Section CPC® Exam Prep

08 Radiology Section CPC® Exam Prep

09 Path & Lab Section CPC® Exam Prep

10 Medicine Section CPC® Exam Prep

11 Integumentary System CPC® Exam Prep

12 Musculoskeletal System CPC® Exam Prep

13 Respiratory System CPC® Exam Prep

14 Cardiovascular System CPC® Exam Prep

15 Digestive System CPC® Exam Prep

16 Urinary System CPC® Exam Prep

17 Genital System CPC® Exam Prep

18 Endocrine/Nervous System CPC® Exam Prep

19 Eye/Ear System CPC® Exam Prep

b) 60 minute one on one telephone support – Still have questions about coding? Getting a job in your area? Having problems with a particular area? Just send Laureem an email to the members area support and schedule a free 60 minute bonus call- one on one with her!

c) Yahoo Groups: Coding and Reimbursement News- This is a group of dedicated medical coders just like you.Join a thriving Yahoo Groups community and learn from those already in the field- and those looking to become coders too!

d) Monthly Training Webinar- Once a month Laureen Jandroep holds a special Q and A webinar session. Listen in as Laureen interviews other successful medical coders and take your questions!

e) Bubbling and Highlighting Technique- Use this technique to organize your manuals to use during your exam- and also when you actually are working! It will save you tons of time and make your work super- effective. Laureen’s students swear by it!

 

Laureen’s medical coding video review program prepares you for the following exams:

A) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the

B) Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P) exam by the American Health Information Association (AHIMA).

This is both a review of the subject matter and a guide to doing well on the exam. You will not only have an exhaustive review of all the various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures covered on the exam, the program will also demonstrate ways to go through the process of taking the exam in the most efficient manner, making best use of the time allowed. Since this is an open-book exam, the program teaches you my proprietary “bubbling and highlighting technique”. This technique demonstrates how to mark and highlight your coding manual to make it easier to choose the correct answer of the choices given for any question on the exam. You’ll see how to best manage some questions you might find more difficult than others.

The best approach for preparing for CPC exam is to take the second choice which is the CPC Exam Preparation Video Reviews, however it is more costly than the first choice, but well worth the money. The first choice CPC practice exams are online based and you’ll have instant access to the questions and full rationale answers. The method of this exam is really great and you get to learn alot from studying the full rationale answers.

This practice exam was previously available in the printed pattern but has recently been updated to the digital format and allows the exam to be done using downloadable PDF files. The download is quick and the exam provides great rationales as well. The package comes with a mini study guide that contains tips that you should follow for the preparation of the exam. The approach for it is great as you can solve it while using your computer or you can even print it out on the paper and then solve and maybe you want to scan tron it to have yourself a real CPC exam simulation.

IF you want to prepare a little more which you should; given the difficulty level of the CPC exam and your budget allows it, then you should also consider adding Laureen Jandroep’s CPC Certification Exam Video Reviews to your CPC exam practice preparation.

Tips for passing CPC exam:

-          Practice the CPC exam questions while referring to your medical codebook, without distraction and when you are completely ready. Attempt the questions like the real CPC exam simulation, timing yourself to exactly five and a half hours.

-          Time management is key, make sure you divide your CPC exam sections and spend a maximum time on each section.  Do not give a hard question too much time, just skip the ones you’re not sure of and come back to it later.

-          My students have found starting from the back of the paper saves them more time, because the questions in the CPC exam paper are typically more advanced and difficult at the end. So this way they get to tackle the toughest questions in the beginning, breezing through at the end.

 

By: Katherine Dawson, Certified Professional Coder

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We specialize in preparing students for the AAPC CPC Medical Coding Exam and also the AHIMA CCS-P exam.

 

We also have a CPC Practice Exam Package With Full Study Guide which is very popular because it simulates the 150 Questions in the actual CPC Exam, and we also provide the answer keys and full rationale for each and every question. It even refers you back to the relevant part of your textbook. To get a copy of this sample CPC practice test paper, you can visit http://curemydisorder.com/links/cpcexampracticequestions

 

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Practice Test For CPC Exam – How To Pass The AAPC Coding Certification Exam

If you are preparing for the AAPC CPC exam then it is always recommended for you to take some practice exams first. The practice tests that you take in order to prepare for the exam and the method of the exam is very important. You should always rely on the practice tests that are close to the actual exam schedule and question level.

AAPC exam for Certified Professional Coder can be quite a tough exam and many of us feel extreme need of integrated assistance for the exam. The exam can be hard to pass in the first attempt without proper guidance and practice, and that is why many people realize the need of a good quality practice exam to prepare for the exam in their second attempt for it.

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A good practice exam should fully prepare its examinee for the real exam. Knowing what to expect and not being surprised on exam day are important.

AAPC’s CPC exam is 150 questions and must be completed in 5 hours and 40 minutes or less.

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There are three main sections to the CPC exam:

1)      Medical Concepts

2)      Surgery and Modifiers

3)      Remaining CPT codes

Each of these three sections are then further divided into the following smaller headings.

 

1)      Medical Concepts:

**The following sub-divisions are each assigned 5-10 category specific questions**

Guidelines

Payment management

Medical terminology

Anatomy

ICD-9-CM codes

HCPCS codes

 

2)      Surgery And Modifiers:

**This section is mainly sub-divided to reflect the surgery section of the CPT book and assigns 5-10 category specific questions to each of the following sub-divisions**

Integumentary

Musculoskeletal

Respiratory

Cardiology

Hemic/Lymphatic systems

Mediastinum/Diaphragham

Digestive

Urinary

Male and Female reproductive organs

Maternity/ Endocrine system

Nervous system

Eyes/Ears

 

3)      Remaining CPT Codes:

**This portion of the exam focuses on the remaining CPT codes and assigns 5-10 category specific questions to each of the following sub-division**

Evaluation and Management

Anesthesia

Radiology

Pathology

Medicine

 

This 150 question CPC practice exam was created using the structure listed above in order to emulate the actual CPC exam as closely as possible. We felt that by doing this examinees would know exactly what to expect on examination day. By utilizing this structure examinees can better prepare for the exam by focusing on category specific questions and identifying areas of weakness. Knowing what to expect in detail also tend to help calm pre-test anxiety.

AAPC’s CPC exam is 150 questions long. Questions range from true and false, to 1-2 sentences, to full page operative notes.

 

Questions on the CPC exam do not cover just specific medical codes. Questions can be very diverse, testing the examinees knowledge on:

 

Coding Guidelines

Understanding of Conventions

Correct Modifier Use

Bundling and Global Packages

Medical Terminology and Gross Anatomy

 

We have taken into account the wide spectrum of diversity the CPC exam offers and have constructed the questions on our CPC Practice Exam to reflect those on the actual exam as closely as possible.

In addition to our well constructed questions we are also providing a full rationale for each question.

 

These rationales provide the correct answer for each question as well as a full explanation as of why this option is correct, why the other three options are incorrect, and where in the medical coding books the answer can be located.

 

Studying the rationale of an answer may very well be the easiest and most efficient way to learn how to pass the CPC exam.

The best approach for preparing for CPC exam is to take the Laureen Jandroep’s program for Medical Coding Practice Exam. The benefit of this package is that it allows you to have more closer and real time exam experience to the CPC exam. The method of this exam is really great and you get to learn a number of things from this exam session. The CPC practice exam offers 150 questions that are closely based on the method and level used by the CPC exam and the student has to attempt all questions in the time of 5 hours and 40 minutes. The practice exam tries to test your abilities of the following-

-The knowledge of coding guidelines

-The understanding of conventions

-use of the suitable modifier

-Knowledge of package types- bundling and global

-The knowledge about the terminology used in medical coding.

The CPC practice exam is available at reasonable price of $37. The package consists of 150 well constructed questions for the practice of the CPC exam, and an answer key for the paper. The package also consists of study material containing essential parts of the medical science which is important for the preparation of the exam and each question is supplied with a rationale. You can easily prepare for the CPC exam by studying the rationales provided in the CPC practice exam, and this is an effective way of preparing for actual exam scenario. The package also consists of additional matter as the official instructions guide for the AAPC exam and scanned copy of the bubble sheet for the practice exam so that you can actually take the exam in real exam environment.

The CPC practice guide contains questions with great consideration for the CPC exam and the questions are to provide realistic practice for the CPC exam. The questions given are of all types from true/false to the one liner and the full page questions, based on all three sections in the exam, which are Medical Concepts, Surgery and Modifiers, and Remaining CPT codes.

Some following tips are also useful while preparing for the CPC exam-

-           Take the exams like the real exams without distraction and when you are completely ready. Attempt the question like the real exam simulation.

-           Divide the questions with equal time management and don’t give a hard question too much time.

-           Go over the wrong answers and learn to fix the mistake.

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Download your Free copy of my “Medical Coding From Home Ebook” at http://medical-coder-certification.com

 

We specialize in preparing students for the AAPC CPC Medical Coding Exam and also the AHIMA CCS-P exam.

 

We also have a CPC Practice Exam Package With Full Study Guide which is very popular because it simulates the 150 Questions in the actual CPC Exam, and we also provide the answer keys and full rationale for each and every question. It even refers you back to the relevant part of your textbook. To get a copy of this sample CPC practice test paper, you can visit http://curemydisorder.com/links/cpcexampracticequestions

 

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Medical coding review videos as your exam prep

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to getting help to get you certified as a medical coder fast. You may have the experience and coding knowledge to take the CPC exam, but it is still a good idea to invest a little to get further coaching and advice as part of your preparation. There are no shortage of practice exams, books, prep courses, certified trainers, and review classes that you can use.

Let’s add one more unique choice to the list: coding review videos. Video engage more of our senses, so when we study using coding review videos or DVD, we simply absorb more due to the fact that it is in an audio and visual form. Laureen Jandroep has released her blitz review videos for coding and CPC exam for some time, and since it’s release has been helping students to pass the CPC exam on their first or next try.

So lets review again why Laureen Jandroep’s coding blitz videos or DVD are so much better as review materials:

First of all, you simply get more value from the videos or DVD because you get Laureen personally guiding you through all the steps you need to do to pass the certification exam. Every aspect is covered from identifying areas to focus on, how to maximize your study and exam time, how to mark up your CPT book, time management, and more. Check out her credentials as a certified medical coding and billing trainer and you’ll see why she has a long list of testimonials from past students.

When you do your review in videos, you absorb more information. She is speaking directly to you in the videos, so you pay more attention. You also get to follow along with her explanations and illustrations. Also, videos are less likely to make you fall asleep. If you commute a lot, why not download the videos onto your iPod or MP3 player to squeeze out more review time. When you’re at home, just pop in the DVD.

Not everyone studies at the same pace, so in a classroom environment you are usually either ahead or behind. The blitz review videos is like your virtual classroom, you get to pause, rewind, and fast forward your teacher. And if you have questions that aren’t answered in the videos, you still have her telephone support and access to her private community of experienced coders and billers.

Click here now to see a special video presentation for you by Laureen herself!

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Tips for taking the CPC exam

Nobody wants to know how to fail the AAPC CPC exam, so the following tells you what to look out for. You just need to be aware of certain CPC exam rules that can result in you getting disqualified or automatic failure. You can consider this as a quick checklist of what not to do when you’re in the medical coding certification or AAPC CPC exam hall. So let us discuss what are the things you shouldn’t do that breaks the exam rules.

Leave your cell phone behind

First of all, you’re not allowed to bring your cell phone to the exam. This also goes for any electronic devices like smart phones, tablets, mobile gaming consoles, etc. You wont have any place to stow them during the exam anyway, so the best solution is to just not bring them at all.

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Bring the right tools

With that said, make sure you do bring the required items for the medical coding certification exam. Check with the CPC exam proctors several days beforehand to know what you’ll need. Basically you’ll need a picture ID, your member ID, #2 pencils, as well as the CPT, ICD-9CM, and HCPCS II manuals.

Keep up to date

Remember that the code sets for each coding book are updated every year, so it’s essential for you to have up to date books. Using out of date books would obviously puts you at a disadvantage, with substantial penalization. The exams are updated every January for the new code sets, so you can’t use upcoming year’s book for the exam. Do keep in mind that the exam proctors may not clarify test questions during the CPC exam.

Tabbing your coding books

You’re permitted to tab your coding books for quick reference, whether you inserted, glued, pasted, taped, or stapled it in the manuals. Having handwritten notes in the coding books are also acceptable only if they pertain to daily coding activities. The guideline is that they should be used with the intent to earmark a page with words or numbers, not supplement information in the book.

Keep it to yourself

Finally, any attempt to smuggle exam materials out of the exam hall will result in you failing the AAPC CPC exam. If you exhibit collaborative or disruptive behavior, then it can be cause for immediate action by the proctors. Because the CPC exam materials are confidential, you may not copy or discuss the questions with others during or following the examination. Now that you know how to fail the AAPC CPC exam by breaking the exam rules, be sure to keep all the points here in mind and you’ll do well to pass the AAPC CPC exam.

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What’s inside Laureen Jandroep’s Medical Coding Videos?

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You’ll get immediate online access to all her hours of videos, presented by Laureen Jandroep to personally coach you towards passing the AAPC CPC/AHIMA CCS-P exam. The videos are divided into chapters of about 20-35 minutes of videos each. The topics include:

1. Introduction to the program
2. Medical Terminology
3. HCPCS CPC
4. Modifiers
5. ICD-9 (new ICD-10 updates here)
6. E&M Section
7. Aneshesia Section
8. Radiology Section
9. Path & Lab Section
10. Medicine Section
11. Integumentary System
12. Musculoskeletal System
13. Respiratory System
14. Cardiovascular System
15. Digestive System
16. Urinary System
17. Genital System
18. Endocrin/Nervous System
19. Eye/Ear System

The videos cover all you need for the exam. You will learn Laureen’s proven study technique bubble and highlighting” to help you organize your notes and manuals so come exam time, you’ll be looking up codes faster than those without this strategy. Exam tips, pitfalls, and time management strategies are also covered by Laureen to help you along. These are study and exam techniques that apply equally well to any other open-book exams.

In addition to the videos, you’ll receive support from Laureen herself personally in the form of a telephone calls. Anything you’re not sure of have questions will be answered by Laureen herself. Not only that, you get access to her monthly webinars to interview and ask questions of medical coding success stories. And to ensure your continued success after passing the exam, you also get invited to her community of medical coders. This is where you can introduce yourself and meet others in this field to share ideas, discuss issues, or to help each other out!

Telehealth Services See Little Growth in 2017

If telehealth is the wave of the future, we’re still in the Dark Ages. The public has an ongoing opportunity to submit requests to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for adding or removing services from the list of Medicare-covered telehealth services. This year, however, CMS is proposing not to add the majority of […]
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I don’t want to live in a world where Ebola is sold out at the Giant Microbe store – and there’s no code for it

There is a super cute little toy shop in Coeur d’Alene, ID called Shenanigan’s Toy Emporium that sells vintage toys and other unique items.  When traveling there on business, we usually make a stop in to shop from their wall of amazing salt water taffy and check out their selection of toys that don’t come with a power button.  You know, the kind of toys we had prior to the Atari and Game Boy era!

Shenanigan’s also has a great display of giant microbes – small plush renderings of everything from the common cold to diarrhea.  I am still marveling at how they could create a plush toy out of liquid stool!  I’m sure it’s just the geeky coder in me (and my colleagues), but we decided to buy a few and put them out during our training sessions along with our baskets of Play Dough, pipe cleaners, and candy (we like to have FUN in our training sessions!).  Needless to say, they were a big hit with our clients and we noticed on one of the tags that there was a website where we could order more.  By now your interest is surely piqued, so be sure to check out the online Giant Microbes store.

You’re probably thinking what I’m thinking right about now, which is, wouldn’t these giant microbes make great white elephant gifts for Christmas?  My thoughts immediately went to what would be appropriate for my family’s white elephant gift exchange.  Don’t worry, my family has a great sense of humor – there’s still a copy of Pamela Anderson’s novel (yes, she wrote one) complete with the “naughty” pages clipped together courtesy of my grandmother who was sheltering her daughter from the filthy parts.  And what better gift for someone in 2014 than the Ebola virus?  There’s just one problem.

Sold out.

Apparently I am not the only person who thinks that Ebola would make a great Christmas gift.  It’s a sign of recent headlines that this virus, which is actually kind of cute in plush form, is unavailable.  What’s even more worrisome given that this was the year Ebola came to the US, is that we don’t have an ICD-9-CM code to report it.  Here’s the best we can do in ICD-9:

  • 065.8, Other specified arthropod-borne hemorrhagic fever
  • 078.89, Other specified diseases due to virus

What about ICD-10-CM?  How about this?

  • A98.4, Ebola virus disease

YESSSSSS!  Way more specific!

In previous years as we’ve prepped for ICD-10 implementation, the opponents have given a laundry list of extensive and admittedly ridiculous (yet fun!) ICD-10 codes that begged the question, why do we really need this?  And this year, Ebola was delivered to our health system and we have nonspecific codes to report it.  But in ICD-10, we have a very specific code.  Hmm.  Perhaps this ICD-10 thing really could help with reporting and impact patient care.  Just a thought.

So Santa, if I can’t have Ebola for Christmas this year, could I please have ICD-10 so that I can code it for those people who did get it?

Author’s Note: I am not affiliated with Shenanigan’s Toy Emporium or giantmicrobes.com in any way. I am just a really big fan!
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About Medical Tourism

The emergent business of global healthcare, or medical tourism, is generating a lot of income. Seeking medical attention in other countries is seen now as a more practical choice. In the coming year, this $ 20 billion-industry is expected to grow double with more and more people considering getting medical care abroad.

More about the industry

Crossing borders in order to seek medical attention is essentially the practice of medical tourism. The industry has emerged due to the fact that a lot of people are looking for more affordable healthcare. The cost of medical procedures in other countries could be half of that in the US. For people who have no health insurance, this sounds very appealing.

According to reviews, the countries that are now known for catering to medical tourists are Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil, and India. Every year, each South East Asian destination gets half a million healthcare visitors on average.

For cosmetic surgery overseas, most medical tourists go for South American destinations like Costa Rica, or Brazil. Brazil tops all other countries with the most number of professionals in the field of cosmetic surgery. There are around 4,500 cosmetic doctors in Brazil today.

Hospitals and clinics abroad are also applying for accreditation from JCI. This institution, Journal of Clinical Investigation, is the same one that sets the standards for hospitals and clinics in the US. An accreditation from this institution ensures patients that they are in good hands, and that the service they are getting is of the highest quality in the world. Currently, JCI has certified around a hundred hospitals outside the US.

Medical tourists can also be assured that medical procedures and cosmetic surgery overseas are performed with the latest technology in the field. Hospitals abroad now anticipate the number of their foreign patient to increase. Medical tourists usually go for popular cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and laser skin resurfacing.

How to plan a medical trip

There are two ways to go about getting an operation done abroad. One can either plan the whole thing on his/her own, or seek assistance from a medical tourism agency. The latter is usually the best choice, especially for people who are unfamiliar with the ins and outs of medical tourism. For a reasonable fee, one is guaranteed that the arrangements for the trip as well as the operation are well taken care of.

When it comes to researching on a particular procedure you are interested in, medical tourism agencies can be a big help. They furnish their customers with information regarding the operation, and they also suggest alternatives and other possible options. Matching a client’s needs with an appropriate destination is one of the main responsibilities taken on by these agencies. They make sure that the country their client is bound for has hospitals that can cater to their customer’s cosmetic needs, and that the trip is well within their client’s budget. More importantly, these companies take on the responsibility of finding a suitable hospital and surgeon for their clients.

Have your cosmetic surgery today to ripped off all the unwanted features you have and turn yourself into a stunning individual. Also, consider travel for better health and see how can you benefit from this. Check out: http://www.cosmeticsurgerytoday.com

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2016 New CPT codes


0381T   External heart rate and 3-axis accelerometer data recording up to 14 days to assess changes in heart rate and to monitor motion analysis for the purposes of diagnosing nocturnal epilepsy seizure events; includes report, scanning analysis with report, review and interpretation by a physician or other qualified health care professional

0382T   External heart rate and 3-axis accelerometer data recording up to 14 days to assess changes in heart rate and to monitor motion analysis for the purposes of diagnosing nocturnal epilepsy seizure events; review and interpretation only

0383T   External heart rate and 3-axis accelerometer data recording from 15 to 30 days to assess changes in heart rate and to monitor motion analysis for the purposes of diagnosing nocturnal epilepsy seizure events; includes report, scanning analysis with report, review and interpretation by a physician or other qualified health care professional

0384T   External heart rate and 3-axis accelerometer data recording from 15 to 30 days to assess changes in heart rate and to monitor motion analysis for the purposes of diagnosing nocturnal epilepsy seizure events; review and interpretation only

0385T   External heart rate and 3-axis accelerometer data recording more than 30 days to assess changes in heart rate and to monitor motion analysis for the purposes of diagnosing nocturnal epilepsy seizure events; includes report, scanning analysis with report, review and interpretation by a physician or other qualified health care professional

0386T   External heart rate and 3-axis accelerometer data recording more than 30 days to assess changes in heart rate and to monitor motion analysis for the purposes of diagnosing nocturnal epilepsy seizure events; review and interpretation only

0387T   Transcatheter insertion or replacement of permanent leadless pacemaker, ventricular

0388T   Transcatheter removal of permanent leadless pacemaker, ventricular

0389T   Programming device evaluation (in person) with iterative adjustment of the implantable device to test the function of the device and select optimal permanent programmed values with analysis, review and report, leadless pacemaker system

0390T   Peri-procedural device evaluation (in person) and programming of device system parameters before or after a surgery, procedure or test with analysis, review and report, leadless pacemaker system

0391T   Interrogation device evaluation (in person) with analysis, review and report, includes connection, recording and disconnection per patient encounter, leadless pacemaker system

0392T   Laparoscopy, surgical, esophageal sphincter augmentation procedure, placement of sphincter augmentation device (ie, magnetic band)

0393T   Removal of esophageal sphincter augmentation device

0394T   High dose rate electronic brachytherapy, skin surface application, per fraction, includes basic dosimetry, when performed

0395T   High dose rate electronic brachytherapy, interstitial or intracavitary treatment, per fraction, includes basic dosimetry, when performed

0396T   Intra-operative use of kinetic balance sensor for implant stability during knee replacement arthroplasty (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

0397T   Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), with optical endomicroscopy (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

0398T   Magnetic resonance image guided high intensity focused ultrasound (MRgFUS), stereotactic ablation lesion, intracranial for movement disorder including stereotactic navigation and frame placement when performed

0399T   Myocardial strain imaging (quantitative assessment of myocardial mechanics using image-based analysis of local myocardial dynamics) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

0400T   Multi-spectral digital skin lesion analysis of clinically atypical cutaneous pigmented lesions for detection of melanomas and high risk melanocytic atypia; one to five lesions

0401T   Multi-spectral digital skin lesion analysis of clinically atypical cutaneous pigmented lesions for detection of melanomas and high risk melanocytic atypia; six or more lesions

0402T   Collagen cross-linking of cornea (including removal of the corneal epithelium and intraoperative pachymetry when performed)

0403T   Preventive behavior change, intensive program of prevention of diabetes using a standardized diabetes prevention program curriculum, provided to individuals in a group setting, minimum 60 minutes, per day

0404T   Transcervical uterine fibroid(s) ablation with ultrasound guidance, radiofrequency

0405T   Oversight of the care of an extracorporeal liver assist system patient requiring review of status, review of laboratories and other studies, and revision of orders and liver assist care plan (as appropriate), within a calendar month, 30 minutes or more of non-face-to-face time

0406T   Nasal endoscopy, surgical, ethmoid sinus, placement of drug eluting implant;

0407T   Nasal endoscopy, surgical, ethmoid sinus, placement of drug eluting implant; with biopsy, polypectomy or debridement

10035   Placement of soft tissue localization device(s) (eg, clip, metallic pellet, wire/needle, radioactive seeds), percutaneous, including imaging guidance; first lesion

10036   Placement of soft tissue localization device(s) (eg, clip, metallic pellet, wire/needle, radioactive seeds), percutaneous, including imaging guidance; each additional lesion (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

31652   Bronchoscopy, rigid or flexible, including fluoroscopic guidance, when performed; with endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) guided transtracheal and/or transbronchial sampling (eg, aspiration[s]/biopsy[ies]), one or two mediastinal and/or hilar lymph node stations or structures

31653   Bronchoscopy, rigid or flexible, including fluoroscopic guidance, when performed; with endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) guided transtracheal and/or transbronchial sampling (eg, aspiration[s]/biopsy[ies]), 3 or more mediastinal and/or hilar lymph node stations or structures

31654   Bronchoscopy, rigid or flexible, including fluoroscopic guidance, when performed; with transendoscopic endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) during bronchoscopic diagnostic or therapeutic intervention(s) for peripheral lesion(s) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure[s])

33477   Transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation, percutaneous approach, including pre-stenting of the valve delivery site, when performed

37252   Intravascular ultrasound (noncoronary vessel) during diagnostic evaluation and/or therapeutic intervention, including radiological supervision and interpretation; initial noncoronary vessel (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

37253   Intravascular ultrasound (noncoronary vessel) during diagnostic evaluation and/or therapeutic intervention, including radiological supervision and interpretation; each additional noncoronary vessel (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

39401   Mediastinoscopy; includes biopsy(ies) of mediastinal mass (eg, lymphoma), when performed

39402   Mediastinoscopy; with lymph node biopsy(ies) (eg, lung cancer staging)

43210   Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, flexible, transoral; with esophagogastric fundoplasty, partial or complete, includes duodenoscopy when performed

47531   Injection procedure for cholangiography, percutaneous, complete diagnostic procedure including imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy) and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation; existing access

47532   Injection procedure for cholangiography, percutaneous, complete diagnostic procedure including imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy) and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation; new access (eg, percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram)

47533   Placement of biliary drainage catheter, percutaneous, including diagnostic cholangiography when performed, imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy), and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation; external

47534   Placement of biliary drainage catheter, percutaneous, including diagnostic cholangiography when performed, imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy), and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation; internal-external

47535   Conversion of external biliary drainage catheter to internal-external biliary drainage catheter, percutaneous, including diagnostic cholangiography when performed, imaging guidance (eg, fluoroscopy), and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation

47536   Exchange of biliary drainage catheter (eg, external, internal-external, or conversion of internal-external to external only), percutaneous, including diagnostic cholangiography when performed, imaging guidance (eg, fluoroscopy), and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation

47537   Removal of biliary drainage catheter, percutaneous, requiring fluoroscopic guidance (eg, with concurrent indwelling biliary stents), including diagnostic cholangiography when performed, imaging guidance (eg, fluoroscopy), and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation

47538   Placement of stent(s) into a bile duct, percutaneous, including diagnostic cholangiography, imaging guidance (eg, fluoroscopy and/or ultrasound), balloon dilation, catheter exchange(s) and catheter removal(s) when performed, and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation, each stent; existing access

47539   Placement of stent(s) into a bile duct, percutaneous, including diagnostic cholangiography, imaging guidance (eg, fluoroscopy and/or ultrasound), balloon dilation, catheter exchange(s) and catheter removal(s) when performed, and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation, each stent; new access, without placement of separate biliary drainage catheter

47540   Placement of stent(s) into a bile duct, percutaneous, including diagnostic cholangiography, imaging guidance (eg, fluoroscopy and/or ultrasound), balloon dilation, catheter exchange(s) and catheter removal(s) when performed, and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation, each stent; new access, with placement of separate biliary drainage catheter (eg, external or internal-external)

47541   Placement of access through the biliary tree and into small bowel to assist with an endoscopic biliary procedure (eg, rendezvous procedure), percutaneous, including diagnostic cholangiography when performed, imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy), and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation, new access

47542   Balloon dilation of biliary duct(s) or of ampulla (sphincteroplasty), percutaneous, including imaging guidance (eg, fluoroscopy), and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation, each duct (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

47543   Endoluminal biopsy(ies) of biliary tree, percutaneous, any method(s) (eg, brush, forceps, and/or needle), including imaging guidance (eg, fluoroscopy), and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation, single or multiple (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

47544   Removal of calculi/debris from biliary duct(s) and/or gallbladder, percutaneous, including destruction of calculi by any method (eg, mechanical, electrohydraulic, lithotripsy) when performed, imaging guidance (eg, fluoroscopy), and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

49185   Sclerotherapy of a fluid collection (eg, lymphocele, cyst, or seroma), percutaneous, including contrast injection(s), sclerosant injection(s), diagnostic study, imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound, fluoroscopy) and radiological supervision and interpretation when performed

50430   Injection procedure for antegrade nephrostogram and/or ureterogram, complete diagnostic procedure including imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and fluoroscopy) and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation; new access

50431   Injection procedure for antegrade nephrostogram and/or ureterogram, complete diagnostic procedure including imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and fluoroscopy) and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation; existing access

50432   Placement of nephrostomy catheter, percutaneous, including diagnostic nephrostogram and/or ureterogram when performed, imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy) and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation

50433   Placement of nephroureteral catheter, percutaneous, including diagnostic nephrostogram and/or ureterogram when performed, imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy) and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation, new access

50434   Convert nephrostomy catheter to nephroureteral catheter, percutaneous, including diagnostic nephrostogram and/or ureterogram when performed, imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy) and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation, via pre-existing nephrostomy tract

50435   Exchange nephrostomy catheter, percutaneous, including diagnostic nephrostogram and/or ureterogram when performed, imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy) and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation

50606   Endoluminal biopsy of ureter and/or renal pelvis, non-endoscopic, including imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy) and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

50693   Placement of ureteral stent, percutaneous, including diagnostic nephrostogram and/or ureterogram when performed, imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy), and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation; pre-existing nephrostomy tract

50694   Placement of ureteral stent, percutaneous, including diagnostic nephrostogram and/or ureterogram when performed, imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy), and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation; new access, without separate nephrostomy catheter

50695   Placement of ureteral stent, percutaneous, including diagnostic nephrostogram and/or ureterogram when performed, imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy), and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation; new access, with separate nephrostomy catheter

50705   Ureteral embolization or occlusion, including imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy) and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

50706   Balloon dilation, ureteral stricture, including imaging guidance (eg, ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy) and all associated radiological supervision and interpretation (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

54437   Repair of traumatic corporeal tear(s)

54438   Replantation, penis, complete amputation including urethral repair

61645   Percutaneous arterial transluminal mechanical thrombectomy and/or infusion for thrombolysis, intracranial, any method, including diagnostic angiography, fluoroscopic guidance, catheter placement, and intraprocedural pharmacological thrombolytic injection(s)

61650   Endovascular intracranial prolonged administration of pharmacologic agent(s) other than for thrombolysis, arterial, including catheter placement, diagnostic angiography, and imaging guidance; initial vascular territory

61651   Endovascular intracranial prolonged administration of pharmacologic agent(s) other than for thrombolysis, arterial, including catheter placement, diagnostic angiography, and imaging guidance; each additional vascular territory (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

64461   Paravertebral block (PVB) (paraspinous block), thoracic; single injection site (includes imaging guidance, when performed)

64462   Paravertebral block (PVB) (paraspinous block), thoracic; second and any additional injection site(s) (includes imaging guidance, when performed) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

64463   Paravertebral block (PVB) (paraspinous block), thoracic; continuous infusion by catheter (includes imaging guidance, when performed)

65785   Implantation of intrastromal corneal ring segments

69209   Removal impacted cerumen using irrigation/lavage, unilateral

72081   Radiologic examination, spine, entire thoracic and lumbar, including skull, cervical and sacral spine if performed (eg, scoliosis evaluation); one view

72082   Radiologic examination, spine, entire thoracic and lumbar, including skull, cervical and sacral spine if performed (eg, scoliosis evaluation); 2 or 3 views

72083   Radiologic examination, spine, entire thoracic and lumbar, including skull, cervical and sacral spine if performed (eg, scoliosis evaluation); 4 or 5 views

72084   Radiologic examination, spine, entire thoracic and lumbar, including skull, cervical and sacral spine if performed (eg, scoliosis evaluation); minimum of 6 views

73501   Radiologic examination, hip, unilateral, with pelvis when performed; 1 view

73502   Radiologic examination, hip, unilateral, with pelvis when performed; 2-3 views

73503   Radiologic examination, hip, unilateral, with pelvis when performed; minimum of 4 views

73521   Radiologic examination, hips, bilateral, with pelvis when performed; 2 views

73522   Radiologic examination, hips, bilateral, with pelvis when performed; 3-4 views

73523   Radiologic examination, hips, bilateral, with pelvis when performed; minimum of 5 views

73551   Radiologic examination, femur; 1 view

73552   Radiologic examination, femur; minimum 2 views

74712   Magnetic resonance (eg, proton) imaging, fetal, including placental and maternal pelvic imaging when performed; single or first gestation

74713   Magnetic resonance (eg, proton) imaging, fetal, including placental and maternal pelvic imaging when performed; each additional gestation (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

77767   Remote afterloading high dose rate radionuclide skin surface brachytherapy, includes basic dosimetry, when performed; lesion diameter up to 2.0 cm or 1 channel

77768   Remote afterloading high dose rate radionuclide skin surface brachytherapy, includes basic dosimetry, when performed; lesion diameter over 2.0 cm and 2 or more channels, or multiple lesions

77770   Remote afterloading high dose rate radionuclide interstitial or intracavitary brachytherapy, includes basic dosimetry, when performed; 1 channel

77771   Remote afterloading high dose rate radionuclide interstitial or intracavitary brachytherapy, includes basic dosimetry, when performed; 2-12 channels

77772   Remote afterloading high dose rate radionuclide interstitial or intracavitary brachytherapy, includes basic dosimetry, when performed; over 12 channels

78265   Gastric emptying imaging study (eg, solid, liquid, or both); with small bowel transit

78266   Gastric emptying imaging study (eg, solid, liquid, or both); with small bowel and colon transit, multiple days

80081   Obstetric panel (includes HIV testing) This panel must include the following: Blood count, complete (CBC), and automated differential WBC count (85025 or 85027 and 85004) OR Blood count, complete (CBC), automated (85027) and appropriate manual differential WBC count (85007 or 85009) Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) (87340) HIV-1 antigen(s), with HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies, single result (87389) Antibody, rubella (86762) Syphilis test, non-treponemal antibody; qualitative (eg, VDRL, RPR, ART) (86592) Antibody screen, RBC, each serum technique (86850) Blood typing, ABO (86900) AND Blood typing, Rh (D) (86901)

81162   BRCA1, BRCA2 (breast cancer 1 and 2) (eg, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer) gene analysis; full sequence analysis and full duplication/deletion analysis

81170   ABL1 (ABL proto-oncogene 1, non-receptor tyrosine kinase) (eg, acquired imatinib tyrosine kinase inhibitor resistance), gene analysis, variants in the kinase domain

81218   CEBPA (CCAAT/enhancer binding protein [C/EBP], alpha) (eg, acute myeloid leukemia), gene analysis, full gene sequence

81219   CALR (calreticulin) (eg, myeloproliferative disorders), gene analysis, common variants in exon 9

81272   KIT (v-kit Hardy-Zuckerman 4 feline sarcoma viral oncogene homolog) (eg, gastrointestinal stromal tumor [GIST], acute myeloid leukemia, melanoma), gene analysis, targeted sequence analysis (eg, exons 8, 11, 13, 17, 18)

81273   KIT (v-kit Hardy-Zuckerman 4 feline sarcoma viral oncogene homolog) (eg, mastocytosis), gene analysis, D816 variant(s)

81276   KRAS (Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog) (eg, carcinoma) gene analysis; additional variant(s) (eg, codon 61, codon 146)

81311   NRAS (neuroblastoma RAS viral [v-ras] oncogene homolog) (eg, colorectal carcinoma), gene analysis, variants in exon 2 (eg, codons 12 and 13) and exon 3 (eg, codon 61)

81314   PDGFRA (platelet-derived growth factor receptor, alpha polypeptide) (eg, gastrointestinal stromal tumor [GIST]), gene analysis, targeted sequence analysis (eg, exons 12, 18)

81412   Ashkenazi Jewish associated disorders (eg, Bloom syndrome, Canavan disease, cystic fibrosis, familial dysautonomia, Fanconi anemia group C, Gaucher disease, Tay-Sachs disease), genomic sequence analysis panel, must include sequencing of at least 9 genes, including ASPA, BLM, CFTR, FANCC, GBA, HEXA, IKBKAP, MCOLN1, and SMPD1

81432   Hereditary breast cancer-related disorders (eg, hereditary breast cancer, hereditary ovarian cancer, hereditary endometrial cancer); genomic sequence analysis panel, must include sequencing of at least 14 genes, including ATM, BRCA1, BRCA2, BRIP1, CDH1, MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, NBN, PALB2, PTEN, RAD51C, STK11, and TP53

81433   Hereditary breast cancer-related disorders (eg, hereditary breast cancer, hereditary ovarian cancer, hereditary endometrial cancer); duplication/deletion analysis panel, must include analyses for BRCA1, BRCA2, MLH1, MSH2, and STK11

81434   Hereditary retinal disorders (eg, retinitis pigmentosa, Leber congenital amaurosis, cone-rod dystrophy), genomic sequence analysis panel, must include sequencing of at least 15 genes, including ABCA4, CNGA1, CRB1, EYS, PDE6A, PDE6B, PRPF31, PRPH2, RDH12, RHO, RP1, RP2, RPE65, RPGR, and USH2A

81437   Hereditary neuroendocrine tumor disorders (eg, medullary thyroid carcinoma, parathyroid carcinoma, malignant pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma); genomic sequence analysis panel, must include sequencing of at least 6 genes, including MAX, SDHB, SDHC, SDHD, TMEM127, and VHL

81438   Hereditary neuroendocrine tumor disorders (eg, medullary thyroid carcinoma, parathyroid carcinoma, malignant pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma); duplication/deletion analysis panel, must include analyses for SDHB, SDHC, SDHD, and VHL

81442   Noonan spectrum disorders (eg, Noonan syndrome, cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome, Costello syndrome, LEOPARD syndrome, Noonan-like syndrome), genomic sequence analysis panel, must include sequencing of at least 12 genes, including BRAF, CBL, HRAS, KRAS, MAP2K1, MAP2K2, NRAS, PTPN11, RAF1, RIT1, SHOC2, and SOS1

81490   Autoimmune (rheumatoid arthritis), analysis of 12 biomarkers using immunoassays, utilizing serum, prognostic algorithm reported as a disease activity score

81493   Coronary artery disease, mRNA, gene expression profiling by real-time RT-PCR of 23 genes, utilizing whole peripheral blood, algorithm reported as a risk score

81525   Oncology (colon), mRNA, gene expression profiling by real-time RT-PCR of 12 genes (7 content and 5 housekeeping), utilizing formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue, algorithm reported as a recurrence score

81528   Oncology (colorectal) screening, quantitative real-time target and signal amplification of 10 DNA markers (KRAS mutations, promoter methylation of NDRG4 and BMP3) and fecal hemoglobin, utilizing stool, algorithm reported as a positive or negative result

81535   Oncology (gynecologic), live tumor cell culture and chemotherapeutic response by DAPI stain and morphology, predictive algorithm reported as a drug response score; first single drug or drug combination

81536   Oncology (gynecologic), live tumor cell culture and chemotherapeutic response by DAPI stain and morphology, predictive algorithm reported as a drug response score; each additional single drug or drug combination (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

81538   Oncology (lung), mass spectrometric 8-protein signature, including amyloid A, utilizing serum, prognostic and predictive algorithm reported as good versus poor overall survival

81540   Oncology (tumor of unknown origin), mRNA, gene expression profiling by real-time RT-PCR of 92 genes (87 content and 5 housekeeping) to classify tumor into main cancer type and subtype, utilizing formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue, algorithm reported as a probability of a predicted main cancer type and subtype

81545   Oncology (thyroid), gene expression analysis of 142 genes, utilizing fine needle aspirate, algorithm reported as a categorical result (eg, benign or suspicious)

81595   Cardiology (heart transplant), mRNA, gene expression profiling by real-time quantitative PCR of 20 genes (11 content and 9 housekeeping), utilizing subfraction of peripheral blood, algorithm reported as a rejection risk score

88350   Immunofluorescence, per specimen; each additional single antibody stain procedure (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

90620   Meningococcal recombinant protein and outer membrane vesicle vaccine, serogroup B (MenB), 2 dose schedule, for intramuscular use

90621   Meningococcal recombinant lipoprotein vaccine, serogroup B (MenB), 3 dose schedule, for intramuscular use

90625   Cholera vaccine, live, adult dosage, 1 dose schedule, for oral use

90697   Diphtheria, tetanus toxoids, acellular pertussis vaccine, inactivated poliovirus vaccine, Haemophilus influenzae type b PRP-OMP conjugate vaccine, and hepatitis B vaccine (DTaP-IPV-Hib-HepB), for intramuscular use

92537   Caloric vestibular test with recording, bilateral; bithermal (ie, one warm and one cool irrigation in each ear for a total of four irrigations)

92538   Caloric vestibular test with recording, bilateral; monothermal (ie, one irrigation in each ear for a total of two irrigations)

93050   Arterial pressure waveform analysis for assessment of central arterial pressures, includes obtaining waveform(s), digitization and application of nonlinear mathematical transformations to determine central arterial pressures and augmentation index, with interpretation and report, upper extremity artery, non-invasive

96931   Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) for cellular and sub-cellular imaging of skin; image acquisition and interpretation and report, first lesion

96932   Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) for cellular and sub-cellular imaging of skin; image acquisition only, first lesion

96933   Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) for cellular and sub-cellular imaging of skin; interpretation and report only, first lesion

96934   Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) for cellular and sub-cellular imaging of skin; image acquisition and interpretation and report, each additional lesion (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

96935   Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) for cellular and sub-cellular imaging of skin; image acquisition only, each additional lesion (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

96936   Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) for cellular and sub-cellular imaging of skin; interpretation and report only, each additional lesion (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

99177   Instrument-based ocular screening (eg, photoscreening, automated-refraction), bilateral; with on-site analysis

99415   Prolonged clinical staff service (the service beyond the typical service time) during an evaluation and management service in the office or outpatient setting, direct patient contact with physician supervision; first hour (List separately in addition to code for outpatient Evaluation and Management service)

99416   Prolonged clinical staff service (the service beyond the typical service time) during an evaluation and management service in the office or outpatient setting, direct patient contact with physician supervision; each additional 30 minutes (List separately in addition to code for prolonged service)


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Medical Coding Companies In Tulsa, Ok

If medical coding is not done properly, it will lead to errors like under coding and over coding, which in turn results in denial of claims and revenue loss. With efficient medical coding services, you can enjoy cleaner claims, fewer denials, enhanced revenue and freedom to focus on your core capabilities. This is the reason why most of the clinics, rehabilitation centers, multi-specialty hospitals, long-term care clinics, nursing homes, acute care hospitals, individual physicians and group practices choose medical coding companies in Tulsa, OK for handling their medical coding issues.

By hiring the services of medical coding companies in Tulsa, you benefit from quality, accurate medical coding without major investment in staff and infrastructure. It not only helps you to increase profit and productivity but also to get the best out of your practice. Benefits of seeking the help of medical coding professionals in Tulsa, Oklahoma include

.Streamlines your business operations efficiently
.Allows you to focus on core business activities
.Reduce your paper work and administrative responsibilities
.Reduce the overhead cost of maintaining the business
.Enhance the flexibility of your organization

Medical coding companies in Tulsa, OK offer medical coding services such as hospital/inpatient coding, emergency room e-code evaluation, medical coding audits, payer specific coding requirements, DRG/ICD-9-CM coding validations and review, facility/non facility RVUs, ICD-9 coding based on AMA and CMS guidelines, CPT coding and more.

In order to deliver superior quality medical coding solutions to the clients, medical coding companies are usually equipped with a pool of experienced and highly skilled workforce. They are well-versed in the latest coding rules and have proficiency in using advanced hardware and software to ensure accurate coding results.

Before selecting a firm, make sure you are choosing the one that ideally matches your requirements. Find out details such as the reputation of the company, their years of experience, quality of services and more to ensure a good working relationship with your chosen firm.

Medical Coding – Outsource Strategies International (OSI) is a leading medical coding company in the US committed to providing fast and efficient medical services including medical transcription, billing, and coding services.

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Controlling High Blood Pressure HEDIS Measure


The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) review for Controlling High Blood Pressure (CBP) consists of a random selection of members 18-85 years of age with a confirmation of a hypertension diagnosis on or before June 30, 2015 and documentation of the most recent blood pressure reading(s) in 2015 after the diagnosis of hypertension.

Notation of adequate control of blood pressure during 2015 is based on the following criteria:

• Members 18-59 years of age whose BP was <140/90 mm Hg.
• Members 60-85 years of age with a diagnosis of diabetes whose BP was <140/90 mm Hg.
• Members 60-85 years of age without a diagnosis of diabetes whose BP was <150/90 mm Hg.

Documentation of a diagnosis of diabetes must be provided if applicable to the patient.

Notation indicating a diagnosis of hypertension is acceptable on the following documents (at an outpatient setting):

• Problem list
• Office or progress note
• Subjective, objective, assessment and plan (SOAP) note
• Encounter form
• Diagnostic report
• Hospital discharge summary

Documentation of hypertension must include one of the following notations:

• Elevated BP (↑BP)
• High BP (HBP)
• Hypertension
• HTN
• Borderline HTN
• Intermittent HTN
• History of HTN
• Hypertensive vascular disease (HVD)
• Hyperpiesia
• Hyperpiesis

The following statements are not sufficient to confirm a hypertension diagnosis:

• Rule out HTN
• Possible HTN
• White-coat HTN
• Questionable HTN
• Consistent with HTN

BP reading is not acceptable in the following settings:

• Acute inpatient stay or an emergency department visit
• Outpatient visit (diagnostic test or surgical procedure performed (e.g., colonoscopy, removal of a skin lesion))
• Same day of a major diagnostic or surgical procedure (e.g., EKG/ECG, stress test, IV contrast for a radiology procedure, endoscopy).
• Self reported by the member

Source: NCQA HEDIS 2016 Technical Specifications


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Reimbursement Benefits of Structured Radiology Reporting

Along with the entire healthcare industry in America, radiology is increasingly being asked to standardize its methods of practice. Radiologists’ reports have traditionally been free-text documents in formats that vary from physician to physician, even within group practices.  This individual style of reporting has become the radiologist’s personal signature on the work he or she has done with each patient exam but it does not lend itself to meeting modern requirements. 


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Longwood Medical Center

You have ever known the focus of medical teaching institutions and hospitals are the Longwood Medical and Academic Area. In addition to its affiliated teaching hospitals and other facilities is primarly the Harvard Medical School. But other establishments such as research centers and museums are also found here. Therefore, many students, academics and clients of the medical institutions are resident in the vicinity as might be expected of such an area.

 

Pride of place goes to the Harvard Medical School, one of the United States’ most famed medical faculties, as demonstrated by its current No. 1 ranking amongst research medical schools in the country. A graduate degree from this institution is considered to be one of the most prestigious qualifications one may hold.

 

The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) functions as one of the Harvard Medical School’s premier teaching hospitals. It has the distinction of receiving one of the highest funding allocations for research among institutions of its kind, and conducts an immense variety of medical studies.

 

Another affiliate of Harvard Medical School is the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is noted as a premier center for cancer research with its status as a partner establishment in the Dana Farber/ Harvard Cancer Center, also resident in the Longwood area. Additionally it focuses on gynecology, kidney ailments and heart disease among other areas.

 

The Boston Latin School, one of the foremost educational establishments in the area holds the status of being one of the United States’ most acclaimed high schools. Inheriting a distinguished history, the school is noted for its curriculum which follows the Classical teaching methods including the requirement of Latin study for its students.

 

Other establishments of note in the Longwood Medical Area include the Children’s Hospital Boston, Joslin Diabetes Center and exceptional educational institutes such as the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and many other premier colleges and schools.

 

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Free 2016 Coding Books

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