August 16, 2008

Step-By-Step Medical Coding 2005 Edition

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Step-by-Step Medical Coding takes a practical approach to training students for a career in medical coding. It 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 unit reinforce important concepts and allow users to check their comprehension. Unit 2 covers the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD 9-CM), and Unit 3 offers information about third party reimbursement. Appendices provide the official ICD-9-CM guidelines for coding and reporting, answers to the in-text exercises, and the documentation guidelines for E/M services.

  • Repetition of skills in each chapter reinforces material, and creates a logical progression to for easy learning, as well as illustrating skill integration
  • In-text exercises throughout each chapter immediately reinforce the coding rules and concepts, emphasizing the step-by-step organization of the book
  • Medical procedures or conditions are illustrated and discussed in the text help readers understand the services being coded.
  • Format for answers includes four response variations: one answer blank for coding questions that require a one-code answer; multiple answer blanks for coding questions that require a multiple-code answer; identifiers next to the blank(s) guide readers through the most difficult coding scenarios; and answer blanks with a preceding symbol prompt the reader to decide the number of codes necessary to correctly answer the question.
  • Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting boxes in the chapter on Using the ICD-9-CM (Chapter 15) visually indicate inpatient vs. outpatient use.
  • Extensive glossary familiarizes new coders with important terms.
  • Concrete, real-life examples demonstrate the application of important coding principles and practices, such as financial losses that can result from inappropriate coding.
  • Chapter learning objectives and end-of-chapter review questions help readers focus on essential chapter content.
  • From the Trenches feature highlights a different real-life medical coding practitioner in each chapter, with photographs throughout the chapter alongside quotes that offer practical advice or motivational comments.
  • Coding Shots contain tips for the new coder.
  • Stop! notes offer a brief summary of material that was just covered and provide a transition to the next topic.
  • Caution! notes warn students of common coding mistakes and reinforce the concept of coding as an exact science.
  • Check This Out boxes offer notes relevant to the coding profession.
  • Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines boxes in the chapter on Using the ICD-9-CM contain excerpts of the actual guidelines so the reader can see the official wording presented alongside discussions of that topic in the text.

  • A new full-color design makes the book more visually stimulating and makes it easier to identify key content.
  • Appendix D, Quick Guide to HIPAA for the Physicians Office, provides important information about new HIPAA guidelines.
  • New illustrations enhance the quality of the text and clarify the most important coding concepts.
  • This best-selling textbook now publishes annually, to insure it contains the most up-to-date coding information.

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I just got word I passed my certification examination and used this book to prepare along with the certification review. It was easy to follow and had all the answers in the back of the book. I really learned a lot.

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