From Coder to Colleague through Querying, Healthcare Business Monthly May 2016

CMS Releases ICD-10-CM to HCC Mappings, Healthcare Business Monthly September 2015

What It Takes to be a Consultant, Healthcare Business Monthly January 2014

Make Modifiers Matter, Coding Edge July 2011

Documentation:  Does it Really Matter to Diagnostic Coding, written 8/31/2010

Consumer Directed Healthcare and Your Practice, in Coding Edge December 2008

MPFS:  What’s In It For You?, written 12/20/2007, Coding Edge June 2008

Quality Coding on a Shoestring Budget, Coding Edge January 2008

Featured in PMCC News and Updates, July 2012:

Teaching Tips It’s all about the guidelines. A licensed instructor who had great success with her last class shared the following teaching tips: -Set expectations in the first class. -Provide additional tools to learn anatomy and medical terminology. In addition to the MCT: CPC® curriculum, Linda Farrington, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, used the following resources to help her students understand anatomy and medical terminology (especially helpful for those cross-training from other fields with no health care experience).

-From BarCharts, Inc., just $5.95 each:

  • Medical Terminology The Body
  • ISBN – 13: 978-157222541-1 or ISBN -10: 157222541-6
  • Anatomy
  • ISBN – 13: 978-157222491-9 or ISBN – 10: 157222491-6

-From Dover Publications, just $3.95 each:

  • Human Anatomy Coloring Book
  • ISBN -13: 978-0-486-24138-8 or ISBN – 10: 0-486-24138-6

-Review all guidelines in the code books. -Go through the code books with your students during each week’s discussion and provide instruction on how to highlight and mark their books. This takes time but the benefits pay off. The students will have a better understanding of the guidelines and the highlighting draws attention to words in the code descriptions that differentiate one code from another, as well as the specifics in each guideline.

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