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e-Reports, Sept. 6, 2011
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The ISMA and AMA have resources that may change your old coding habits and pay you dividends Untitled document

Sometimes doing things because you’ve “always done it that way” can be costly. Using ISMA and AMA resources to double check or verify a code, even for a diagnosis or procedure you’ve coded for a long time, can result in a discovery – and a windfall for your practice.

One ob/gyn specialty practice learned that lesson well. They contacted the ISMA Coding Hotline to discuss coding for ultrasound testing with certain procedure(s) performed frequently in their office. Correcting the coding error they learned they were making will enhance practice revenue for them this year – paying back the cost of their ISMA membership many times over.

But codes do more than determine reimbursement. Correct coding also keeps the auditors away. Therefore, any medical practice should consider coding properly a serious activity requiring ongoing attention and education.

Gloria Kirkham
Gloria Kirkham, ISMA’s certified coding expert, handles the Coding Hotline.

As an ISMA member, you can use the ISMA Coding Hotline for clarification of CPT, ICD and HCPCS coding issues. Gloria Kirkham, C.P.C., C.O.B.G.C., the ISMA’s certified coding expert, is waiting to take your calls at (800) 257-4762 or (317) 261-2060.

Also from the AMA
The AMA has introduced a comprehensive set of new web-based solutions for coding and billing medical services that is available through an interactive website, http://commerce.ama-assn.org/store.

The site offers electronic access to authoritative coding and compliance resources, as well as updates on the latest coding, billing and compliance changes.

Regular electronic updates ensure these web-based products stay current with the latest information for accurate medical coding. Products range from $185 to $800 for a one-user, one-year subscription. AMA members save 25 percent off the regular price.

For additional information, call (800) 621-8335.

Getting ready for ICD-10?
Yes, ICD-10 is coming and your practice must be ready for implementation a year from now, but Gloria Kirkham, the ISMA’s certified coding expert, has some words of advice: “Don’t go out and spend big sums on coding resources and education right now.”

The ISMA is planning coding seminars to prepare you for ICD-10 and the fees will be affordable for everyone. Keep reading ISMA Reports for announcements about dates and locations.

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