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UNDERSTANDING PROCEDURAL CODING: A WORKTEXT, 4TH Edition is the most trusted source available for current CPT®-4 diagnostic and procedural coding, as well as HIPAA and other strict guidelines established by federal agencies, Medicare, and the American Medical Association. Carefully illustrated procedures, new case studies, practical coding assignments, and engaging examples help students master procedural coding for all medical specialties as well as successfully prepare for certification exams. Students record answers in the book, creating a personalized, ongoing resource that they will use well into their careers. Used on its own or as the ideal companion for CPT® and HCPCS Level II manuals, UNDERSTANDING PROCEDURAL CODING: A WORKTEXT, 4th Edition presents plenty of hands-on practice to help students master skills. A dynamic support package includes new online study tools to ensure comprehension as well as a 59-day trial of Optum’s® popular EncoderPro that accompanies each new worktext. Trust UNDERSTANDING PROCEDURAL CODING: A WORKTEXT, 4th Edition to help equip your students for procedural coding success.

Mary Jo Bowie, Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Mary Jo Bowie is the owner of Health Information Professional Services in Binghamton, New York, which has provided medical record consultative services for various health facilities for more than 25 years. She served as an instructor in Health Information Technology Programs for more than 20 years, teaching such courses as Inpatient Coding, Ambulatory Care Coding, Quality Assurance, Survey of Healthcare, and Computers in Healthcare. Ms. Bowie is now the Health Information Management and Medical Coding program director at Mount Wachusett Community College and an associate professor. She develops all course content within the curriculum, including ICD-10-CM/PCS courses, CPT/HCPCS courses, and introductory and advanced health data courses. Ms. Bowie is a registered Health Information Administrator and an accredited Health Information Technician. She is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and is also an AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS-approved Train the Trainer. She served on the New York State Health Information Association Board of Directors from 1989 to 1991 and was education director and on the Ambulatory Coding Guideline Committee. Ms. Bowie was the New York State nominee for the National Award for Literacy Contribution to Profession, 1993 and 1994. She is a National and Regional speaker on ICD-9-CM, CPT and ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, as well as a trusted course writer for Cengage Learning. Ms. Bowie holds an Associate of Arts degree, Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree. She has conducted more than 50 national training seminars on ICD-10-CM/PCS coding.
  • Extra Practice: Additional case studies in each chapter, as well as added test-bank questions in a variety of formats, help students apply coding skills and concepts to practical situations.
  • More Exercises: New chapter exercises develop student competency for a variety of medical careers, as well as success on certification examinations.
  • Updated Codes: Current content reflects the latest CPT®-4 and HCPCS codes to prepare students to step directly into a modern working environment.
  • Fresh PowerPoint® Slides: Reinforce the latest CPT® codes with new PowerPoint® slides that keep students engaged while clarifying concepts and practices.
  • Flexible Content: Alone or as the ideal companion to UNDERSTANDING ICD-9-CM: A WORKTEXT, this practical book also complements any CPT® or HCPCS Level II manual.
  • Broad Application: Comprehensive information on the CPT procedural coding system works for courses and careers in various professional disciplines, including health information management, health information technology, medical office assistant, coding and reimbursement specialist, and health insurance specialist.
  • Unmatched Accuracy: Painstakingly updated CPT-4 codes and details to meet 2014 industry standards combine to make this book a reliable resource for both novices and professionals.
  • Robust Features: Chapters include a variety of Delmar-Cengage learning features to enhance readings and stimulate interest, including chapter outlines, learning objectives, key terms lists, examples, boxes, notes, tables, Internet links, summaries, reviews and figures
About the Author.
1. Introduction to Current Procedural Terminology.
2. Modifiers.
3. Evaluation and Management.
4. Anesthesia.
5. Surgery and the Integumentary System.
6. Musculoskeletal System.
7. Respiratory System.
8. Cardiovascular System.
9. Hemic and Lymphatic Systems.
10. Mediastinum and Diaphragm.
11. Digestive System.
12. Urinary System.
13. Male Genital System.
14. Female Genital System.
15. Maternity Care and Delivery.
16. Endocrine System.
17. Nervous System.
18. Eye and Ocular Adnexa.
19. Auditory System and Operating Microscope.
20. Radiology.
21. Pathology And Laboratory.
22. Medicine.
23. HCPCS Codes.
Appendix I: Billing Forms (CMS-1500 and Ub-04).
Appendix II: Surgical Positions.
Appendix III: Abdominopelvic Divisions.
Appendix IV: 1997 Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management Services.

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