Modifiers can be tricky to a new coder. Sometimes it's confusing to know which ones to add, and when. Today I wanted to talk about the most common modifier in diagnostic radiology coding--modifier 26. Please watch the quick 5 minute tutorial below to learn more. Looking to practice your diagnostic radiology coding skills? Practice tests… Continue reading All About Modifier 26
So if you're out there right now looking for a medical coding job, I'm sure you realize how tough it is. Many places require experience to get hired and even then , sometimes experienced coders have a tough time too. There are some small things you can do to help you have more success with… Continue reading Medical Coding Job Search Tip: Make A Portfolio
Ok, well this might be a no-brainer, but always follow client guidelines. I know you already have to think about all of the 'real' coding guidelines, but that does not mean that clients don't have their own that you must follow too. This makes your job as a coder a little more difficult because there's… Continue reading Coding Tip- Always Follow Client Guidelines
I was thinking about "coding hacks" that make my life easier. For my job as well as many others out there, coding speed is an important factor. We have to code a certain amount of charts in a certain amount of time. This can be tough to do especially if you rely solely on your… Continue reading Tabs For The ICD-10-CM Book
Ok, I'll just come out and say it--many times in coding discussions, I've heard people say that diagnostic radiology coding is easy. That it's a good place for new coders to start. I'm not really sure how I feel about that. Not that it's not a good place for new coders to start (it is) but… Continue reading Is Diagnostic Radiology Coding Really Easy?
Everyone knows it can be really tough to get that first medical coding job. People will give you all kinds of tips--such as "get a foot in the door job" or "apply to everything!" While there definitely is some value in that advice, something that I think that is often overlooked is the interview process… Continue reading Recommendation- Read This Book To Learn How To Do Well On Interviews
Many times, if you're looking at advertisements for coding schools, you'll see a picture of a young woman working at a laptop. She looks happy and she may be even holding a baby on her lap. I've also seen other advertisements where there's a picture of someone coding at the beach. I'm not trying to burst anyone's… Continue reading The Reality Of Being A Medical Coder Who Works From Home
I just wanted to shed some light on something. I'm not sure if this is the best topic for one of my first blog posts, but here it is anyway. The other day, the topic of off-shoring came up in a coding discussion. It is a sensitive subject and we can't pull the wool over our eyes and pretend… Continue reading Why It’s Beneficial To Know How To Code Diagnostic Radiology
If you've ever been to the ER for an injury or sickness, you've most likely had an x-ray done. A radiologist had to interpret and read that x-ray, and then dictate a report. Once the report is finalized it has to be coded and then billed. A diagnostic radiology coder is a someone who is… Continue reading What Is Diagnostic Radiology Coding?