Coding Companion for Primary Care
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Spiral-bound, 8.5" x 11"
Ingenix / Medicode
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Spiral-bound, 8.5" x 11"
Ingenix / Medicode
(click below for the most current and very best available price for this 2012 edition)
This is your comprehensive, illustrated coding and reimbursement guide for primary care medicine.
This book can serve as your all-in-one coding and reimbursement resource specific to primary care. Developed to streamline your coding decisions, this all-in-one resource has the information you need to code for your specialty. Updated with current year CPT® and ICD-9-CM codes, this guide includes coding and reimbursement tips, a comprehensive code set specific to your specialty, a CPT-to-ICD-9-CM diagnostic crosswalk and more — all designed to help you code with greater ease and efficiency. View sample pages.
Prevent common and costly coding mistakes. Industry-related information relevant to your practice is compiled into specialty-specific appendixes to help identify trouble areas within primary care.
Stay current with regular updates. CCI edits and quarterly email updates are included.
Specialty-specific appendixes. Identify trouble areas within your specialty, and prevent common and costly coding mistakes with industry-related information relevant to your practice.
Easily determine fees for your specialty practice and reinforce consistency in the charges. National Medicare relative value units for surgery codes and most diagnostic procedures are included.
Avoid claim denials and/or audits. Medicare payer information provides the specifics about Pub 100 guidelines, follow-up days, assist-at-surgery and prior approval requirements.
Locate information faster. Essential procedures for oncology and hematology are listed by CPT code, along with crosswalks to HCPCS Level II, ICD-9-CM diagnosis and anesthesia codes.
A comprehensive, illustrated guide to coding and reimbursement.
Simplify the coding process with this one-stop resource developed exclusively for those who code for primary care. The Coding Companion® for Primary Care includes CPT and ICD-9-CM code sets specific to your specialty in a quick-find, single-page format that includes the official description and a detailed illustration for each code. Each page also features other relevant information to help your staff find the correct codes, including lay descriptions, coding tips, terminology, cross coding, and national Medicare relative value units. This comprehensive resource also features:
Thorough explanations of CPT procedures
Definitions of clinical and procedural terms
CCI edits with quarterly email updates
Sarah Serling, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-H, PMCC has 17 years of experience in physician and hospital coding, billing and revenue cycle compliance, most recently overseeing coding compliance in a health care facility. She has extensive background in both the professional and technical components of ICD-9-CM and CPT/HCPCS coding and is an instructor of hospital and professional medical coding curriculum. She is credentialed as a certified coder with specialty certification in Evaluation & Management Services coding. Ms. Serling has provided coding education and consulting services to hospitals and physician practices and has also served as director of reimbursement for a large, multi-specialty group. She is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Nichole VanHorn, CPC, CCS-P has more than 15 years of experience in the health care profession. Her areas of expertise include CPT© and ICD-9-CM coding in multiple specialties, auditing, and education. Most recently she served as Clinical Auditor for the Children’s Hospital Physicians at Blank Children’s Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa where she functioned as an auditor for a multi-specialty group. Ms. VanHorn was responsible for the oversight of the physician coding and education section of the Corporate Compliance Program. She has been an active member of her local American Academy of Professional Coders chapter for several years and served as an officer.
Karen H. Kachur, RN, CPC, is a technical editor for Ingenix with expertise in Physicians' Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), HCPCS Level II, and ICD-9-CM coding, as well as physician billing, compliance, and fraud and abuse. Prior to joining Ingenix, she worked for many years as a staff RN in a variety of clinical settings, including medicine, surgery, intensive care, psychiatry, and geriatrics. In addition, she was the assistant director of a hospital utilization management and quality assurance department. She also has extensive experience as a nurse reviewer for Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Ingenix offers practical results-oriented services for coding, physician documentation, billing compliance, reimbursement, training services for hospitals and physicians, and more. Learn from the experts who help write the books other consultants are using. Thousands of physicians and health care professionals rely on Ingenix for expert advice. Start benefiting from 100+ years of combined experience and expertise. CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association.
Please remember: The government no longer allows a grace period for annual code sets. The new HIPAA Transaction and Code Set Rule requires providers to use national medical code sets that are valid at the time that a service is provided. ICD-9-CM code revisions become effective October 1st each year while CPT and HCPCS code revisions become effective January 1st. In order for you to meet this requirement, you must have the revised CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-9-CM codes in your possession before the implementation dates. The best way to do this is to order your code books early. Review current coding resources.
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