Helpful Websites:

Resources for Coders:


Search Engines:


For Medical Encyclopedia & Dictionary:


For Code Books: CPT®  (CPT Code/Relative Value Search, CPT Professional Edition, CPT Assistant Newsletter, etc.)  (AMA limits # searched to 5 per day)(will need to create free login and password)

CPT® Errata:


CPT® Assistant (Monthly newsletter published by the AMA):


For Code Books: ICD-10-CM (ICD-10-CM/PCS The Next Generation of Coding) (2017 ICD-10-CM and GEMs) (ICD-10-CM)


American Hospital Association (AHA) Central Office

Publisher of AHA Coding Clinic for ICD-9-CM & ICD-10-CM

Publisher of Faye Brown’s ICD-9-CM Coding Handbook 2015

Publisher of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook 2017


For Code Books: HCPCS


For Evaluation & Management:

1995 Documentation Guidelines:

1997 Documentation Guidelines:

Complying with Medical Record Documentation Requirements:

Evaluation & Management Services Guide:


For ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting:


Four Cooperating Parties for ICD-10-CM:

American Hospital Association (AHA)


American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)


National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)


MPFSDB – Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database
Click on PFS Relative Value Files
Choose RVU17C (click on 2017 @ left)
Click on RVU17C and then click Open
Double-click on RVU17C.pdf, open and print out
Double-click on PPRRVU17_JULY_V0503 (or latest version) (the Excel file)
For GPCIs, double-click on CY2017_GPCIs (the Excel file)


Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC): What is a MAC?

A/B MAC Jurisdictions: Who are the MACs?


For National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) or Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs):

Click on Search

Can search NCDs and/or LCDs

By document ID OR

By state or region & by key words in the title and/or CPT®/HCPCS code


CCI: Correct Coding Initiative

Scroll down and print the How to Use the Medicare National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Tools

Scroll down and print the Modifier -59 Article

Click on NCCI Policy Manual for Medicare Services

  • Click open and print Intro & Table of Contents 1st, then selected chapters
  • For chapter-specific bundling examples, read Correspondence Language Manual for Medicare Services, then close and scroll back up to top

Click on PTP Coding Edits

  • Open Practitioner PTP Edits
  • Save files to your computer to use to edit your multiple procedure claims and to file appeals
    Column 1 represents the comprehensive procedure; Column 2 represents the components
  • Rename each file by quarter and by year for later reference for appeals or postpayment audit (If you need to reference older versions, you will need to purchase them).

There are also Add-on Code Edits found here.


Risk Adjustment:

Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment (for Medicare Part C):

ICD-10-CM to Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC) Mappings:

Announcements (including the Risk Adjustment Factors [RAF] by HCC) and Other Documents:


Commercial Risk Adjustment (under the Affordable Care Act [ACA]):

The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIIO):

Health and Human Services Hierarchical Condition Category (HHS-HCC) Model under the ACA:


The ICD-10 crosswalk is posted on the CCIIO webpage under the section labeled “Premium Stabilization Programs,” under “Regulations & Guidance” in Excel format for your review ( Stabilization Programs (this site can be accessed through the link above this one)


Health Insurance Marketplace:


Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS, formerly known as Physician Quality Reporting Initiative
or PQRI) (for Medicare Part B):
Go to:

Click on Measures Codes
Scroll down and click on 2016 PQRS Measures List

2016 was the last program year for PQRS. PQRS transitioned to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program. The final data submission timeframe for reporting 2016 PQRS quality data to avoid the 2018 PQRS downward payment adjustment was January through March 2017. The first MIPS performance period is January through December 2017. For more information, please visit the Quality Payment Program website.


Value Based Modifier:

Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs:
The Medicare EHR Incentive Program for returning eligible professionals (EPs) ended with the 2016 reporting period. Starting in 2017, Medicare eligible clinicians will report to the Quality Payment Program. The attestation deadlines for an EHR reporting period to avoid the 2018 payment adjustment for returning EPs was March 13, 2017. First time EPs who have not demonstrated meaningful use successfully in a prior year have until October 1, 2017 to attest or apply for the one-time hardship exception if they are transitioning to MIPS in 2017. To learn more about the Quality Payment Program, visit the official website. Subscribe to the Quality Payment Program listserv for updates.

Quality Payment Program: Delivery System Reform, Medicare Payment Reform, & MACRA:

Pay for Performance (P4P or PFP):

Payment for Quality (P4Q):

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)


Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) and Performance Measurement


Five-Star Quality Rating System

Based on provider and plan performance, quality of care data and patient surveys

Physician Compare Initiative

Physician Compare Search Tool

You can find out which physicians, other healthcare professionals, and group practices take part in Medicare’s quality programs including:

  • Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), including the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO)
  • PQRS Maintenance of Certification Program Incentive
  • Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems for PQRS
  • Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program
  • Million Hearts®

For Practice Administration Tools:


Anesthesiologists Center:


CLIA Information:

American Medical Association (AMA):

Top Resources by Audience


Administrative Simplification Initiatives


American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP):


List Servs:

Receive email updates for various topics of your choice



Latest news and resources


ICD-10-CM email update messages

ICD-10-CM Provider Resources

General Equivalency Mappings (GEMs)


For HIPAA Compliance Plan:

HIPAA Basics for Providers:

Office for Civil Rights (enforces HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules)


For OIG Compliance Program for Individual and Small Group Physician Practices:


Compliance Guidance on OIG website:


Compliance Resource Material on OIG website:


For OIG Annual Work Plan:


For Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Audits:

Click on Recent Updates

Click on Provider Resource, then Provider Options Chart


For Regulatory & Compliance Topics:


For Health System Reform Resources:


Contact your medical specialty society

Specialty Definitions


National Specialty Societies (courtesy of the Texas Medical Association)


American Board of Medical Specialties


Contact your insurance commissioner


Contact your elected officials

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