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The Challenging ICD 10 PCS Codes for Spinal Fusion Procedures Explained

By YES HIM Consulting

The Refresh With YES: PCS Spinal Fusion Procedures Learning Path shows learners how to correctly document the ICD 10 codes for spinal fusion procedures divided into 20-23-minute modules. The courses within this learning path review one of the most challenging ICD-10-PCS coding topics of spinal fusion, including cervical and lumbar fusion ICD 10. Official coding guidelines, case examples, and Coding Clinic topics related to spinal fusion procedures will be reviewed.

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Personalized Medical Coding Education Tailored to Coders’ Learning Styles

By YES HIM Consulting

YES HIM Consulting designs learning paths and coding tracks for busy professionals who need to take courses on their own time. Our catalog offers customizable formats to fit physicians’, coders’, and auditors’ schedules and learning styles – including on-site, online, and hybrid or blended models. Ongoing coding education is one of the ways to keep your team and organization compliant. Click here to review the other benefits of keeping your team up-to-date with coding and guideline changes with customizable coding education formats.

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Telehealth Resource Center for Revised PHE Coding & Billing Policies Due to COVID-19

By YES HIM Consulting

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the payment guidelines for professional telehealth services provided to Medicare beneficiaries during the Public Health Emergency (PHE) declared for COVID-19 (CMS, 2020). The temporary protocol expansion was deemed necessary to aid healthcare reimbursement, and will be active only during the PHE. To keep coders and auditors up-to-date on the expanded services and reimbursement guidelines, YES HIM Consulting has gathered all the latest updates to form a telehealth resource center.

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Webinar Recap for HCCs background and a deeper dive into M.E.A.T. Criteria

By YES HIM Consulting

In conjunction with TruCode’s Educational Series of free webinars, YES President and CEO, Karen Youmans hosted a webinar focused on HCC education and coding, and the application of the M.E.A.T. Criteria. The webinar, which was held twice due to popular demand, was attended by over 3,000 HIM professionals. If you missed the opportunity to attend either session, you can download the presentation slides here. We will recap the main points made during the webinar, and provide additional resources to help you and your organization become HCC experts.

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COVID-19 Antigen Testing Code 87426 Available for Immediate Use from AMA

By Teri Jorwic

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a new code for antigen testing of patients suspected to have been infected with COVID-19 (AMA, 2020). The CPT code for antigen testing was approved at a special meeting of the CPT Editorial Panel and released with a June 25, 2020, effective date. The special meeting and action by AMA was designed to react rapidly to the urgent need for the code. AMA President Susan R. Bailey M.D. commented, “Moving quickly during this crisis to meet the medical coding needs of the health care industry has enhanced the reporting of innovative tools now available to advance medicine’s overarching goals of reducing the COVID-19 disease burden, improving health outcomes and reducing long-term care costs” (AMA, 2020).

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