Coding for Quitting

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)[1].  The LEADING cause of PREVENTABLE death.  The CDC also states that cigarette smoking accounts for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1 of every 5 deaths.  Additionally, their statistics indicate that nearly $170 billion is... Continue Reading →

Operation Vaccination

Did you know that August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)?  Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them.” While the CDC uses this month to raise awareness about the important role... Continue Reading →

Tips for Using the ICD-10-CM Code Book

  The implementation of ICD-10-CM brought many changes to the world of coding.  Most notable was the increase in available diagnosis codes from 14,000 to 68,000 when ICD-10-CM was first implemented in October 2015. With the additions for FY 2017 now pushing 70,000, it is crucial to follow the conventions, symbols, and guidelines provided throughout... Continue Reading →

My CPC Story

I began my career working for a small-town family practitioner.  He was rebuilding his private practice after spending many years working in a trauma center.  Initially, I was his only employee and responsible for many aspects of the practice – running the front desk, rooming patients and assisting with procedures.  As his practice grew and... Continue Reading →

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