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7th over: Sri Lanka 293-3 (Jayawardene 129, Silva 11) Monty continues to get no turn and both batsmen are able to score easily off him. His figures are now a distinctly substandard 18-1-82-0. “I feel genuinely sorry for Broad, Harmison and Sidebottom here,” says Andrew Moore. “They are bowling decently but getting no assistance from conditions. Will the ICC ever do something about the standard of pitches prevalent in Test cricket? Over in India we are witnessing another bore draw taking shape, and the only reason a draw isn’t a certainty in this game is due to a couple of poor dismissal’s in England’s innings. Test pitches should be prepared to produce a result in four days, with the fifth day only coming into play should the weather intervene. Pitches that consistently produce high-scoring draws should have Test status removed.” I couldn’t agree more (if you’ll forgive the pun), Andy. I’ve been banging on about this to Booth and Bull – and in the OBO – for years. Give me a low-scoring game that lasts three-and-a-half days over a five-day dullfest any day.

97th over: Sri Lanka 297-3 (Jayawardene 130, Silva 13) Harmison continues, but his weary countenance is of a man who will never take a wicket even if he were to hit the stumps. Meanwhile your suggestions for Tom’s fancy dress are trickling in. “How about a papier maché pedalo?” suggests Gemma Harris. I like it, Gemma. “OK, I know it wouldn’t work on the high seas but it would be amusing all the same. You could even adorn it with discarded bottles of Stella and rum.”

98th over: Sri Lanka 302-3 (Jayawardene 133, Silva 14) A huge, huge appeal from Monty, who believes that Jayawardene gloved it to short leg after he attempted a grand and totally unnecessary reverse slog sweep. Umpire Aseem Dar deliberates for an age before saying ‘not out’, but replays show that it did hit his glove. Later in the over, the 50 partnership (off 102 balls) comes up, and even later, Jayawardene takes another couple, which brings up the 300 and 2,000 runs for Jayawardene at this ground.

99th over: Sri Lanka 307-3 (Jayawardene 134, Silva 19) A leg drive from Silva that couldn’t be more textbook if it was in my Ritchie Benaud cricket book (from 1972, if memory serves) races away for four. Meanwhile more fancy dress talk. “Tom Drysden needs to consider how willing he would be to wear his costume on a potential walk of shame the following morning,” points out Ben Mimmack. “There’s always the chance he’ll pull someone from marketing and then have to stand on a tube packed with commuters the next day wearing a scratchy nylon tracksuit with a stick on bushy ‘tache (always supposing he hasn’t grown one especially for the evening).”

100th over: Sri Lanka 311-3 (Jayawardene 134, Silva 19) Four byes after Prior misses one that fizzes down the leg side. Meanwhile Gary Naylor is back. “Andrew Moore (97th over) is wrong. Whilst all pitches would be better for having a bit more pace in them, a Test series is the supreme challenge, probably in all sport, and it should be difficult. The bowlers are called “the attack” for a reason – it’s for them and the fielding captain to work out a way of getting through each batsman (McGrath and Warne were masters at this, as were the Windies pace quartets and the England Fab Four of 2005). The pitch should give assistance (and not much) on the first morning, to each new ball and on the fifth day – that’s all.” That’s ridiculous, Gary. Surely the ‘supreme challenge’ should apply to batsmen as well? Because if a bowler only gets help for four sessions out of 15, he’s not getting much help? You’ don’t honestly believe that the third India v Pakistan Test is good for cricket do you?
I don’t think there’s any worry about having to do the walk of shame when you’ve gone to a party dressed as Merv Hughes.

101st over: Sri Lanka 317-3 (Jayawardene 134, Silva 25) Harmison continues and so does the steady accumulation of runs. “I don’t think there’s any worry about having to do the walk of shame when you’ve gone to a party dressed as Merv Hughes,” suggests Jack Fray, not unreasonably.

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Medical coding & billing: Know the ICD-9 2011 changes

Every year, in October you come face with new ICD-9 codes that you need to add to your diagnosis arsenal. This time too it’s no exception what with the new estasia, congenital malformation, and body mass index (BMI) codes you’ll need to know. Here are some of the proposed changes that’ll impact your cardiology practice so that you are all geared up when the fall rolls around.

Your ectasia hunt will end at 447.7x

ICD 9 2011 adds four specific codes to aortic ectasia, which could be among the most significant changes for cardiology coders. By Estasia we mean dilation or enlargement and aortic ectasia often refers to an enlargement that is milder than an aneurysm. However, ICD-9 2010 doesn’t distinguish ectasia from aneurysm, linking aortic ectasia to 441.9 and 441.5. The proposed 2011 codes are specific to aortic ectasia.

New corrected congenital malformations code

Some of the just-in codes deal with congenital malformations of the heart and circulatory system. Code V13.65 will be very helpful to our practice.

The ICD-9 proposal has expanded the body mass index (BMI) codes to show higher BMIs with five just-in codes. From October 1, you will stop using V85.4 and start using more specific V codes in its place.

The advantage: BMI has become a key health tool and those codes will also provide more data.

With just a few days to go for October 1, you will benefit a lot if you sign up for an audio conference, more so as this CMS will not allow a grace period for using the 2011 diagnosis codes.

Such a conference will provide you with all possible medical coding & billing updates pertaining to ICD 9 2011 changes not just for cardiology, but for every specialty – be it the new codes, the revised ones or the deleted ones. Some audio conferences also offer you CEUs if you sign up for one.


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Salary survey 2011 for coders

Salary survey for coders is out for year 2011. The survey is carried out amongst 12,000 respondents; the survey clearly shows an upward trend in average salaries for coders. The survey has also brought out some key trends in coders hiring, region wise average salaries and various career paths coders are opting for.

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Let’s have a look on some key trends

Region wise salaries:

Average Salaries varied region wise pacific region saw highest salary with $ 53,334 per annum for a coder while east south central $ 39,830 per annum. Coders in states with a higher cost of living were paid more than those in states with a lower cost of living. For example, coders in California earned in excess of $ 57, 700, while workers in Kentucky earned just under $ 37,500.

Average salaries based on nature of employment

Source: AAPC survey

Average salaries also varied on the basis of nature of employment Self employed individuals have earned average of $ 69,150 per annum while the coders working in solo practices have earned average salary of $ 39,920 per annum.

Coders take variety of career paths

Surveys also indicated that coders are taking variety of career paths, with health reform, electronic health records( EHR’s) and ICD-10 they have various options to choose .The common choices were like as coder, management, biller/collector, charge entry, auditor, educator, consultant, claim adjudicator.

These various trends are the evidence of growing demand for skilled coders in a tough economic and health reimbursement provides a comprehensive platform for billers and coders to get the maximum advantage of this growing demand by bridging the gap between them and providers.

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