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How to break into the Healthcare field as a medical coder

As the population ages, the need for medical coders is growing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects this field to grow by 21% through 2020, a rate much higher than an average healthcare industry job. Breaking into the medical coding business is not difficult, especially with the demand for skilled coders so high. Because […]

AAPC Regional National Conference Hawaii 2018

Recently, I was once again honored to speak at the 14th Regional AAPC Conference at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki in Honolulu Hawaii. This year I had the opportunity to give a keynote speech on Telemedicine. The conference attendees were very positive and interacted throughout my talk. I met some great healthcare coding and billing […]

FAQs for 2018

Coding multiple PCI in one vessel for Cardiology: Question: My Cardiologist placed a DES (Drug Eluding Stent) in the right coronary artery, and then did several passes in the proximal right coronary with the atherectomy device, and post ballooned the same vessel. How do I capture all of these services? Answer: You’ll report the code […]

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2018 Specialty Coding Workbooks now available for purchase!

Take Terry Fletcher’s expertise with you everywhere you go. New 2018 reference guides are now available including updates to the Cardiology Coding Resource, Orthopedic Coding Resource, and Gastroenterology Coding Resource. Each coding book can be purchased on the products page. More details about each guide, and how to purchase them, is listed below. Cardiology Coding […]

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Discover Pods “spotlights” Terry Fletcher’s CodeCast Podcast

If you love podcasts, chances are you’ve tried to find your favorites by searching the Internet. Oftentimes, locating that new must-listen show can be a challenge. That’s where Discover Pods comes in. An unbiased medium created to work around the seldom changing top charts of established services such as iTunes or Stitcher, Discover Pods helps […]

Should you consider outsourcing your billing?

Below is a starting point of your billing service checklist. Make sure you receive answers to these questions from your potential new billing company before you sign a contract and know what you are getting and what they are giving. (For a complete list, please join our onDemand Coding Corner Membership service.)  Years in Business? […]

Healthcare and Telemedicine

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated Telehealth Medicare reimbursement for specific Telemedicine/Telehealth services

A recent news release from AMA regarding the use of Telemedicine states: Telehealth and Telemedicine are another stage in the ongoing evolution in new models for the delivery of care and patient-physician interactions. AMA Board member Jack Resnick MD also added: The new AMA ethical guidance notes, that while new technologies and new models of care will continue […]