Month: February 2019

THE BASICS — RESEARCH is the KEY!

EACH and EVERY STEP of a Coding Career requires RESEARCH……LOTS and LOTS of RESEARCH AT THE BEGINNING: RESEARCH ‘what’ type of Medical Coding do you want to pursue? ….InPatient or OutPatient ….Facility or Professional. ….Hospital or Clinic RESEARCH ‘what’ Credentials should you pursue? ….Professional/Specialty? ….Facility/Hospital? ….InPatient/OutPatient? ….AAPC or AHIMA or RCC? RESEARCH ‘which’ School you…
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TELEHEALTH — An Overview

Some Helpful Links: CCHPCA: https://www.cchpca.org/about/about-telehealth Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/in-depth/telehealth/art-20044878 CATALYST: https://catalyst.nejm.org/what-is-telehealth/ E-VISIT: https://evisit.com/resources/what-is-telehealth-services/ HEALTHCARE LEADERS MEDIA: https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/innovation/6-ways-telehealth-made-progress-2018 HRSA: https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/telehealth/ Is there a DIFFERENCE between Telemedicine and Telehealth? https://mhealthintelligence.com/features/is-there-a-difference-between-telemedicine-and-telehealth AMERICAN TELEMEDICINE ASSOCIATION (ATA): http://www.americantelemed.org/main/about/about-ata MATERNITY TELEHEALTH PROGRAM: https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/blue-cross-blue-shield-of-ga-offers-maternity-telehealth-program TOP STATES for TELEHEALTH: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/telehealth/american-telemedicine-association-identifies-top-states-for-telehealth.html TELEDOC: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/telehealth/teladoc-taps-compass-for-referral-services.html Like 0

Credentials & Credentialing Organizations

~ AAPC — credentials are WIDELY RECOGNIZED and REQUESTED!  Established in 1988, this is now a GLOBAL organization that educates and credential Medical Coders, Billers, Auditors and Compliance Professionals, world-wide.  https://www.aapc.com/ ~AHIMA — American Health Information Management Assn.– traces it’s history back to 1928, with several subsequent name changes and incorporation processes; now a GLOBAL…
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CAREER OPPORTUNITY — KIWI-TEK — an American Company

Check out CAREERS with Kiwi-Tek https://www.kiwi-tek.com/careers/ EXPERIENCE – ALL-AMERICAN – SAFE&SECURE – PERFECT FIT The More You Read The Better We Look Performing medical coding services across all specialties since 2002, KIWI-TEK offers unparalleled medical coding experience. Today we utilize only highly experienced, eminently qualified domestic coders and coding managers. Our All-American coding has proven repeatedly to…
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CAREER OPPORTUNITY — MEDKODER

REMOTE positions for Medical CODERS and AUDITORS Medkoder is a full service medical coding management services and technology provider offering expert medical coding in all physician service lines, inpatient and outpatient facility coding, medical risk adjustment management, DRG coding management, coding education, clinical coding documentation improvement, revenue integrity, & revenue cycle consulting. Medkoder’s business mission…
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Trinity Health Restructures Billing and IT

Trinity Health restructures billing and IT; nearly 200 Philadelphia-area jobs impacted by Harold Brubaker, Updated: February 6, 2019 Trinity Health, which owns the three-hospital Mercy Health System — St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, and St. Francis Healthcare in Wilmington — announced the consolidation of patient billing for its operations in 22 states at three Midwest locations…
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6 Recent Healthcare Layoffs

More healthcare layoffs & wage cuts. If you have any information about this, please share in the comments below.      1.) Mad River Community Hospital (no date given) – Arcata, CA      2.) Texas Children’s Health (Mar 29, 2019) – Dallas, TX      3.) Kaiser Permanente (no date given) – CO  …
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STAFFING AGENCIES … an Explanation

Staffing Agencies, such as ‘MedPartnersHIM’, ‘Comforce’, ‘Harmony Solutions’, ‘Peak’, ‘HIMagines’, etc., have CLIENTS — Facilities, Clinics, Providers — who pay BIG $$$$ to those staffing agencies to find QUALIFIED, EXPERIENCED Medical Coding and HIM Professionals to work on specific projects; **fill-in for vacation time, or sick employees’; **help resolve a ‘back-log’; or **whatever their specific…
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WHY do Employers Require Experience?

WHY do Employers generally REQUIRE a minimum of 3-5 YEARS or more EXPERIENCE for Medical Coders?? Some SPECIALTY CODERS  (Transplant Surgery, Trauma, Cardio, Hem/Onc, etc,) may well be required to have even 6-8 years of Experience! AND…most employers, facilities, clients want RECENT EXPERIENCE!!! (what you knew well and practiced 10 years ago — even 3…
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NCCI EDITS | INFORMATION SHEET | 02/2019

A few links and articles to START YOU on your RESEARCH into this fascinating and necessary topic!  ********************************************** AUTHORITATIVE REFERENCES: NCCI   =   National Correct Coding Initiative.    https://www.cms.gov/medicare/coding/nationalcorrectcodinited/   NCCI Policy Manual Archive https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/NationalCorrectCodInitEd/NCCI-Manual-Archive.html PTP Coding Edits https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/NationalCorrectCodInitEd/NCCI-Coding-Edits.html ‘HOW-TO USE NCCI’ TOOL: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Downloads/How-To-Use-NCCI-Tools.pdf    HELPFUL ARTICLES:  National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) http://www.apta.org/Payment/Medicare/CodingBilling/CCI/   American Academy…
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