Medical Billing, Coding, and Reimbursement

July 31, 2008 | Comments Off on Medical Billing, Coding, and Reimbursement

A step-by-step guide to running your your own home medical billing service, covering everything from training and set-up to marketing and promotions. Coming 2007: a companion workbook on CD with hundreds of new training exercises!

Customer Review: helpful

I have been filing medical insurance for several years for an employer. This book is just waht i needed to help me do it on my own.

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Workbook for Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2007 Edition

July 30, 2008 | Comments Off on Workbook for Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2007 Edition

Here’s practical, easy-to-apply information for all of today’s health care coding systems. With this workbook, students will learn to code correctly and obtain the correct reimbursement for medical services. Practice exercises follow each “step” of information and conclude each unit. The workbook matches the organization of Step-by-Step Medical Coding, 2007 Edition, and offers three types of activities/exercises for each chapter: theory, practical, and reports. No other text on the market brings together such thorough coverage of all coding systems in one source!

  • For each chapter, the workbook offers three types of activities/exercises:
    • Theory questions are comprised of fill-in-the-blanks, multiple choice, and true or false questions.
    • Practical activities consist of line coding exercises.
    • The reports exercises simulate a real-world experience by coding from original source documents that have been “washed” of all confidential information.

Customer Review: Workbook for Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2007 Edition

This workbook is a good compliment to the text. It is good review for the material.

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Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2008 Edition (Step-By-Step Medical Coding)

July 29, 2008 | Comments Off on Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2008 Edition (Step-By-Step Medical Coding)

This practical guide prepares you for a career in medical coding with comprehensive coverage from the most trusted source in the field. In it you’ll get an introduction to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), as well as in-depth explanations of the sections found in the CPT manual, in sequential order. Each chapter in Unit 1 introduces various procedures and demonstrate how to properly code them. Practice exercises reinforce important concepts and allow you to test your comprehension. This detailed, up-to-date resource also features complete coverage of the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) and third-party reimbursement, along with 1997 documentation guidelines for E/M services, and Alpha II iCoder exercises.

  • Full-color presentation makes content visually stimulating.
  • In-text exercises throughout each chapter reinforce coding rules and concepts and emphasize the book’s step-by-step organization.
  • Concrete “real-life” coding examples allow you to apply important coding principles and practices to actual scenarios from the field.
  • Medical procedure illustrations and discussions help you better understand the services being coded.
  • Three varieties of answer blanks test your understanding of correct coding practices.
  • Coding Shots provide tips for complicated coding scenarios and advice for entering the job market.
  • Stop! notes offer a brief summary of material just covered to help ensure retention and understanding and provide a transition into the next topic.
  • Caution! notes warn users of common coding mistakes and reinforce the concept of coding as an exact science.
  • Check This Out! Boxes offer notes on accessing reference information, primarily via the Internet.
  • Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting boxes present the official guidelines alongside text discussions and visually indicate inpatient vs. outpatient use.
  • 30-day trial access to Alpha II iCoder introduces you to professional coding software and acts as a supplement to the main text material.
  • Companion CD provides a variety of activities that reinforce material from the text.
  • Updated text presents the latest coding information available.
  • Quick Check features immediately reinforce key concepts and test your retention and understanding.
  • New From the Trenches quotes provide valuable insights from instructors and professionals in the medical coding field.
  • Coders Index makes it easy to instantly locate specific codes.


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Workbook for Step-By-Step Medical Coding 2008 Edition

July 28, 2008 | Comments Off on Workbook for Step-By-Step Medical Coding 2008 Edition

Strengthen your ability to code accurately and obtain the correct reimbursement for medical services with this helpful workbook. Specifically designed to parallel the organization of Step-By-Step Medical Coding 2008 Edition, it provides more than 1,000 questions and terminology exercises, as well as over 80 original source documents to familiarize you with the materials you’ll encounter in practice.

  • Original source documents provide real-world experience to better prepare you for professional expectations.
  • More than 1000 questions and terminology exercises follow the same answer format as the main text, promoting critical thinking and transferring textbook knowledge to actual medical record documentation.
  • Original reports, cleared of all confidential information, simulate real-world experience in such areas as:
    • Arthroscopy
    • Fracture repair with skeletal fixation
    • Muscle repair
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Adenotonsillectomy
    • Thoracentesis
    • Endarterectomy.
    • Cesarean delivery
    • Tubal ligation
    • Amniocentesis
    • Laboratory
    • Pathology

  • Updated content reflects the latest developments in coding so you can practice with the most current information available.
  • A 2-color design makes it easy to find specific features and streamline your review and practice.
  • From the Trenches features similar to those in Step-By-Step Medical Coding, 2008 Edition, highlight practical advice and motivational commentary from real-life medical coding instructors and practitioners.

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Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2007 Edition (Step-By-Step Medical Coding)

July 26, 2008 | Comments Off on Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2007 Edition (Step-By-Step Medical Coding)

This practical approach to training students for a career in medical coding begins with an introduction to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), followed by in-depth explanations of the sections found in the CPT manual. Several chapters, organized to follow the CPT codes by body system, introduce various procedures and demonstrate how to code each one. Practice exercises following each step of information and at the end of each chapter reinforce important concepts and allow users to check their comprehension. Unit II covers the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD 9-CM), and Unit III offers information about third-party reimbursement. Appendices provide the official ICD-9-CM guidelines for coding and reporting, answers to the in-text exercises, the documentation guidelines for E/M services, a quick guide to HIPAA, and Alpha II iCoder exercises.

  • Full-color design makes the book more visually stimulating.
  • In-text exercises throughout each chapter immediately reinforce the coding rules and concepts, emphasizing the step-by-step organization of the book.
  • Appendix D contains the Quick Guide to HIPAA for the Physician’s Office, providing coding information about new HIPAA guidelines.
  • Concrete “real-life” examples illustrate the application of important coding principles and practices.
  • Medical procedures or conditions are illustrated and discussed to help the student understand the services being coded.
  • Answer blanks are provided in four variations to allow for number of codes.
  • From the Trenches features highlight real-life medical coding practitioners, with photographs and quotes that offer practical advice or motivational comments.
  • Coding Shots contain tips for complicated coding scenarios and what to expect when entering the job market.
  • Stop! notes halt the reader for a reality check, offering a brief summary of material just covered and providing a transition into the next topic.
  • Caution! notes warn users of common coding mistakes and reinforce the concept of coding as an exact science.
  • Check This Out! boxes offer notes on accessing reference information, primarily via the Internet.
  • Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting boxes in the Using the ICD-9-CM chapter contain excerpts of the actual guidelines, presenting the official wording alongside text discussions, and visually indicate Inpatient vs. Outpatient use.

  • All information is updated with the latest information available.
  • New illustrations enhance the quality of the text and show the most important coding concepts.
  • A companion CD offers many activities and coding cases for additional practice.
  • General Surgery chapters have been expanded to include further detail for coding related to the eyes, ears, male genital system, urinary system, and digestive system.


Customer Review: This book is for students with an instructor

This book is great on information and the way they explain everything. The problem is there is no answer keys on the chapter review questions. This is hard if you are doing this as a self study. You have no way of checking your answers. I had to enroll through evolve’s on line self study program to get the answers. The cost was $39.95. This on line self study is well worth the money. They ask questions that is not in the book. There is a workbook that goes with this book. The workbook is good as far as giving you practice exercises. The problem is you only get answers on the odd number questions. You have no idea if the even number questions are right.

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Medical Billing & Coding Demystified

July 25, 2008 | Comments Off on Medical Billing & Coding Demystified

Clueless? Feel Like a Dummy? Get Demystified!

This handy resource clearly explains the principles and practices used by medical offices, hospitals, and health facilities to encode medical services in order to receive payment from government agencies and insurance companies.

Customer Review: Very Good Overview

I have worked with collections for 15 years.
After reading this book I have a complete understanding of the billing proccess from start to finsh. Also very good information on how the doctor’s office’s work. In clear english. Thank you for the resorce.

Customer Review: Slanted and Basic

I’ll admit I was turned off in the first few pages of the book with a section that characterized medical insurance as a “game” and all-but accused medical insurers of deliberately delaying claims payment in order to make money, using an example that doesn’t make any fiscal sense anyway.

Clearly, the authors have the “insurance is big business screwing the little people” agenda. Thus this book is not useful to anyone actually looking for a balanced or in-depth view of the medical reimbursement industry.

But for someone who’s looking for a general introduction to medical office practice as seen from the eyes of the “little man” doctor, this is not a bad first choice. The roles of the various players in the office are correctly explained except for the frequent incorrect use of “medical insurance specialist.” Clearly, the book is intended to build up those who feel that billing clerks are at the bottom of the office pecking order — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing either.

Anyone who thinks, however, that the book’s little coding exam is actually all there is to coding is badly mistaken. The book also has a considerable paucity of information for those wanting to take the next steps.

I can’t recommend it.

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Flash Code Gold: Medical Coding Software

July 24, 2008 | Comments Off on Flash Code Gold: Medical Coding Software

 

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