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The Problem with Modifier 59: Open to Interpretation

Posted by Lara Smith, Jan 2, 2018 12:05:10 PM

Modifier 59 is shockingly confusing for coders, auditors and physicians alike. It’s frequently misused, for example, it’s often added as prevention or recoupment of an insurance denial as a way to get additional procedures paid.

My Journey: How I Learned to Effectively Share Post-Audit Results

Posted by Lara Smith, Jun 21, 2017 11:51:23 AM

About five years ago I had an experience that changed my perspective and really opened my eyes to a better way to effectively share post-audit results.

Dr. Smith and I had met a number of times because we were in the same organization.

ICD-10-CM Updates For 2017: Get Clarity to Stay On Top

Posted by Lara Smith, Apr 18, 2017 11:17:29 AM

I’m sure that all of you remember the looming transition to ICD-10-CM, and how it was akin to the madness of Y2K. It was crazy. But now that the frenzy has settled, it’s time to ask yourself, have you become complacent?

5 Ways To Optimize Your Practice's Finances

Posted by Lara Smith, Mar 7, 2017 2:45:26 PM

So, you’ve done your homework and hired a rock star coder to improve your bottom line. You’ve found the perfect person, someone with knowledge, initiative, critical thinking skills and precise communication.

The Anatomy Of An Exceptional Medical Coder

Posted by Lara Smith, Feb 23, 2017 11:39:15 AM

What’s the difference between a regular coder and an exceptional coder? Well, an exceptional coder is dedicated to giving his/her all, everyday.

The Ultimate Primary Care Exception Attestation Checklist

Posted by Lara Smith, Sep 27, 2016 12:32:25 PM

Anyone who’s ever watched an episode of Scrubs has seen residents step into the role of primary caregiver. Those of us who work in Healthcare know that T.V. is fictional and in no way accurately represents our real day-to-day in the industry.