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With coverage of both inpatient and outpatient coding, UNDERSTANDING MEDICAL CODING: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE, THIRD EDITION teaches students everything they need to know about medical coding. Through clear, step-by-step instructions, students are taught how to code a claim correctly, link the correct CPT and ICD-9-CM codes for reimbursement, understand adjustments as well as how and when to bill patients, and determine what to do if there is a denial or rejection. Coverage has been thoroughly updated to include information on ICD-10-CM and how it compares to ICD-9-CM. CPT coding and modifiers are also discussed, as well as more code-specific information, concentrating on specialty coding and the levels of coding. Additional case studies, practice exercises, tips, examples, tables, charts, and photos have been added in order to improve student performance and ensure that they are well prepared for a medical coding position in a variety of settings.

Sandra L. Johnson, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Indiana

Sandra Johnson, CMA (AAMA), CPC has worked for 35 years in the health care field and offers25 years of teaching experience in medical assisting, medical coding and medical transcription courses. She is an active member of the American Association of Medical Assistants and the American Academy of Professional Coders. She was awarded the Indiana Medical Assistant of the year in 1993, the Golden Apple Educator Award by the Indiana Medical Assistants Association in 2003, and served as president of the ISMA in 1993-1994. She has been a multiple nominee for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and was the recipient of the Glenn W. Sample Award for Instructional Excellence in both 1996 and 2004 from Ivy Tech State College. She is a coding and transcription instructor at Indiana University Southeast, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational and Technical Education and a Master’s of Science degree in Human Resource Development with a specialization in health and safety management from Indiana State University.

Robin Linker, Robin Linker & Associates, Inc.

Robin Linker, CHCA, CHCAS, CPC-I, CPC, CPC-H, CCS-P, MCS-P, CPC-P, CHC, COC, is Executive Director of Operations and Auditing for the Association of Health Care Auditors and Educators (AHCAE) and CEO of Robin Linker & Associates, Inc. Considered a leading expert with more than 30 years in health care, Ms. Linker has provided consulting and education in most areas of health care coding and billing. Ms. Linker is the past Director of Education and Technical Development for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), where she wrote and presented numerous specialty related coding and training programs nationwide. She has been a frequent guest speaker for AHIMA, AAPC, HFMA, HCCA, as well as for numerous medical societies and healthcare organizations. Ms. Linker is also a past member of the Provider Outreach and Education Advisory Group for CMS and is the current President of the Northern Colorado Health Information Management Association (NCHIMA). She assists various professional health care groups, including attorneys, providers and facility managers, in the areas of coding, auditing, fraud and abuse assistance, and has served as an expert case witness on behalf of physicians. She is an experienced IRO assisting providers and organizations under mandated OIG Corporate Integrity Agreements. As a speaker, author, and educator for the American Medical Association, she provides annual CPT updates and ICD-10-CM trainings for the AMA. She first started teaching ICD-10 in 2002. As a true advocate in the health care industry, Ms. Linker has dedicated her career to her clients by increasing industry awareness and contributing to systems improvement. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and has provided thousands of educational and keynote presentations throughout the United States and on occasion, internationally, during the past 20 years
  • The text has been updated to include the most recent information on topics such as HIPAA and new legislation.
  • A new chapter on CPT modifiers has been added for more comprehensive coverage.
  • Additional tips, examples, tables, charts, and photos have been added to supplement the text material.
  • Four color design augments an enhanced art program, with more anatomy and diagnoses images for clearer understanding.
  • Additional case studies and practice exercises are included in both the text and the workbook to help students master the material.
  • Information on the industry shift to ICD-10-CM, its history, implementation and how it compares to ICD-9-CM.
  • HIPAA, Coder Tips, and Alerts are very helpful instructional fields.
  • This text walks students through the steps of accurate code selection in order to ensure optimal payment of medical services.
  • Outpatient and inpatient coding are addressed in detail.
  • This text covers all aspects of billing, reimbursement, and collections issues so that students are prepared to work in any medical billing setting
  • Step-by-step instructions for claim submission for various insurance carriers are included.
1. Introduction to Coding.
Introduction. A Career As a Medical Coder. What Skills are Required in Medical Coding? What is Fraud and Abuse? Tools of the Trade. Types of Coding. ICD-10CM.
2. ICD-9-CM.
Introduction. History and Usage of ICD-9-CM. How to Look Up a Term. Tabular List. V Codes and E Codes. M Codes. Categories, Subcategories, and Subclassifications. Coding Conventions. Review of the Basic Steps in Coding. Procedural Coding with ICD-9-CM. Infections. HIV Infections. Circulatory System Coding. Diabetes Mellitus. Using V Codes. Obstetrical Coding. Neoplasms. E Coding. Injuries. Fractures. Burns. Poisoning versus Adverse Effects. Complications. Late Effects. Official Coding Guidelines. ICD-10-CM. Procedures in ICD-10-CM. Implementation of ICD-10-CM. Web Sites Related to ICD-10-CM.
3. HCPCS Level II.
Introduction. History. Format. HCPCSII Hierarchy. Code Revisions. Index. HCPCSII Chapter Details. Accuracy Tips. HCPCSII Medication Flow Chart.
4. Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Basics.
Introduction. AAMA/CPT Code Book. Symbols. Unlisted Codes. Sending Copies of Notes. Illustrations. Anesthesia. CPT Surgical Guidelines. Radiology and Pathology Guidelines. Category II Codes. Category III Codes. CPT Errata. Appendix A- Modifiers. Appendix B. Appendix C- Clinical Examples. Appendix D. Appendix E. Appendix F. Appendix G. Appendix H. Appendix I. Index. Tips for Selecting a CPT Code.
5. Evaluation and Management.
Introduction. AMA/CPT Evaluation and Management (E/M) Guidelines. Criteria of Documentation and E/M Code Selection per AMA/CPT. More Details. Time. How to Select the C/M Code for the Most Common Encounters. CMS 1995 Evaluation and Management Guidelines. CMS 1997 Evaluation and Management Guidelines. CPT Code Book.
6. Anesthesia/General Surgery.
Introduction. Anesthesia. Types of Anesthesia. Anesthesia Coding. General Surgery. The Respiratory System. The Cardiovascular System. The Hemic and Lymphatic Systems. The Mediastinum and Diaphragm. The Digestive System. The Urinary System. The Male Genital System. Laparoscopy/Hysteroscopy. The Nervous System. The Eye and Ocular Adnexa. The Auditory System.
7. Integumentary System.
Introduction. ICD-9-CM Code Selection. Evaluation and Management Services for Integumentary/Skin. Surgical Guidelines for Integumentary System. Incision and Drainage. Debridement. Paring or Cutting. Biopsy. Removal of Skin Tags. Lesion Removal or Destruction. Nails. Intralesional Injections and Tissue Expanders. Repair (Closures). Graft Concepts and Tips. Adjacent Tissue Transfer of Rearrangement. Free Skin Grafts. Flaps (Skin and/or Deep Tissues). Other Procedures. Pressure Ulcers (Decubitus Uclers). Burns, Local Treatment. Destruction. Moh''s Micrographic Surgery. Breast Procedures. Repair and/or Reconstruction.
8. Orthopedics.
Introduction. Fractures. Dislocations. Arthropathy. Vertebral Disorders. Sprains and Strains. Other Conditions and Procedures.
9. Cardiology and the Cardiovascular System.
Introduction. Cardiac and Vascular Anatomy and Physiology. ICD-9-CM Code Selection. CPT. 90000 Series of CPT. Intra-cardiac Electrophysiological Procedure/Studies. Other Vascular Studies. Noninvasive Vascular Diagnostic Studies. 30000 Series of CPT. Radiology. Using Modifiers Effectively. Considering an Unlisted Code – Category II. Category II Codes
10. OB/GYN.
Introduction. Unique Aspects of Coding OB/GYN. Subspecialties of OB/GYN. Anatomy and Physiology of the Female Reproductive System. Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN). Obstetrics (OB)
11. Radiology, Pathology, and Laboratory.
Introduction. Radiology. CPT – Radiology. Radiology Modifiers. Diagnostic Radiology (Diagnostic Imaging). Diagnostic Ultrasound. Radiation Oncology. Nuclear Medicine. CPT – Pathology and Laboratory. Organ or Disease Oriented Panels. Evocative/Suppression Testing. Chemistry. Hematology and Coagulation. Immunology. Transfusion Medicine. Microbiology. Anatomic Pathology. Cytopathology. Surgical Pathology.
12. Medicine.
Introduction. Medicine Guidelines. Immune Globulins. Immunization Administration. Vaccines and Toxoids. Therapeutic Infusions. Injections. Psychiatry. Psychiatric Therapeutic Care. Biofeedback. Dialysis. Gastroenterology. Ophthalmology. Otorhinolaryngology Services. Cardiology. Pulmonary. Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Endocrinology. Neurology and Neuromuscular Procedures. Central Nervous System Assessments/Tests. Health and Behavior Assessment. Chemotherapy Administration. Photodynamic Therapy and Dermatological Procedures. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Medical Nutrition Therapy. Acupuncture. Osteopathic Manipulation. Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment. Special Services. Qualifying Circumstances for Anesthesia. Home Health Procedures.
13. Modifiers.
Introduction. CPT Modifiers. Modifiers Approved for Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Hospital Outpatient Use. HCPCS Level II Modifiers. NCCI Modifiers. Category II Modifiers.
14. Billing and Collections.
Introduction. Patient Registration. Payment and Billing Processes. Billing. The Billing Process. The Collections Process. Collection Techniques. Professional Courtesy.
15. Filing the Claim Form.
Introduction. The Health Insurance Claim Form. Medicaid. Medicare. Medicare as Secondary Payer. Submitting a Claim for a Deceased Patient. Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). Champus/Tricare/Champva. Workers'' Compensation. Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Electronic Claim Processing. Insurance Claims Followup.
16. Payment for Professional Health Care Services, Auditing, and Appeals.
Introduction. Payment Cycle. Encounter Forms, Superbills, Fee Slips, or Charge Tickets. Step-by-Step Completion of a Paper CMS 1500 Form. Payer Receipt of the Claim. Follow-Up. Accuracy of Payment on Arrival. Appealing of the Claim. Insurance Participation Agreements (Contracts). Denials and Rejections. Appeals. Mirrored Image of the Documentation. Risky Behavior. Auditing. The Office of Inspector General. Steps to Take When An Investigator Arrives. Fraud Risk Prevention. Penalties. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
17. Inpatient Coding.
Introduction. Hospital-based ICD-9-CM Coding. Unconfirmed Conditions. Code Assignment. Coding Guidelines. Hospital Reimbursement Environment.

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