Welcome to our news and updates blog. Here you will find information relevant to medical billing coding, including important news and updates from within the industry, as well as announcements for upcoming webinars and other learning sessions.

Please check back frequently as new updates are made.

CMS Physician Final Fee Schedule for 2019

CMS Physician Final Fee Schedule for 2019

There seems to be a lot of confusion that the E/M codes and levels are changing in 2019. This is NOT accurate. The changes to the levels of E/M’s and reimbursement will not occur until 2021. Here is what is happening in 2019. Everything is spelled out in this link. The four bullet points below […]

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Make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change 

My daughter has one more semester of student teaching before she is a full-fledged high school teacher at 23 years old. After countless hours of hard work, test preparation and college classes to achieve her undergrad degree and now her post-grad credential, my girl is about to embark on the most significant growth journey of […]

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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 […]

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CMS 2019 PFS E&M – single payment coding and 50% reduction with modifier 25 usage

In what is being reported as the biggest change of its kind in more than two decades, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to redefine the documentation requirements for evaluation and management (E&M) coding in 2019, along with flattening payments for new and established patient office visits to a single pay system. […]

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 […]

Answering your Telemedicine questions for 2018

There are a lot of questions about Telemedicine for the new year. Here are some frequently asked questions and/or statements about the service.

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? […]