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August 2012

The Big Picture of Contract


Marcia Brauchler, MPH, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CPHQ

Plus: HCC • Word on ICD-10 • Risk Adjustment • Ultrasounds • E/M Modifiers

NAMAS 4th Annual Auditing Conference

Conference held at Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC December 3-4, 2012

The ONLY National Conference that is AUDITING SPECIFIC Preconference Events Include: “Hands-on” Specialty-Specific Auditing CPMA® Training Course Training for Effective Managed Care Negotiations This month’s conference special is: Bring your physician for 1/2 Price! Purchase a ticket to the conference and bring your physician for only $495!

Visit our website for more details!! www.NAMAS-Auditing.com or call 877-418-5564

Conference Agenda Provides two tracks each day. During each session the attendee will chose from: General topics relevant to all fields of auditing Specialty-specific auditing breakout sessions General Sessions relevant to all auditors and include speakers such as: Shannon DeConda, President of NAMAS Sean Weiss, VP of Decision Health Kelly Custer a well-known Fraud & Stark Attorney Expert For a complete listing of sessions, please visit our website www.NAMAS-

This 4th Annual conference is being supported by:

HSM Customers should inquire with their Representative for additional conference discounts that may apply






August 2012

In Every Issue 7 Letter from the Chairman and CEO 9 Letter from Member Leadership 10 Letters to the Editor

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10 Kudos


13 Coding News

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Features 18 Strengthen Your Diagnosis Coding for Risk Adjustment

Serine A. Haugsness, CPC

20 Coding from EHRs: It’s Documented, but Did It Happen?

Erin Andersen, CPC, CHC

Special Features 12 Quick Tips: Morton’s Neuroma, PMDD 16 Hot Topic: Wellness Visits 41 ICD-10 Roadmap: Word is … 50 Minute with a Member


22 Bedside Ultrasounds: Take a Closer Look

14 AAPCCA: Chapter Speakers

15 Handbook Corner: Smartphones

Sarah Todt, RN, CPC, CPMA, CEDC

24 Factor HCC with a Two-pronged Approach to Risk Adjustment

Holly J. Cassano, CPC

26 Practice Managers Succeed with Practical Know-how

Dixon Davis, MBA, MHSA, CPPM

29 The Big Picture of Contract Negotiations

Marcia Brauchler, MPH, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CPHQ

34 Identify the Correct Global Period E/M Modifier

Nancy Clark, CPC, CPC-I

38 It’s Time to Re-evaluate Your E/M Coding Suzan Berman, CPC, CEMC, CEDC

45 A&P Quiz 47 Newly Credentialed Members Online Test Yourself – Earn 1 CEU

Go to: www.aapc.com/resources/ publications/coding-edge/archive.aspx

Coming Up • PT/OT • Surgical Modifiers • Colonoscopy

On the Cover: Physicians’ Ally, Inc. is lined up at the box office of the Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colo. to see Marcia Brauchler’s big picture, “Payer Contract Negotiations.” Cover photo by Brian Kraft Photography (www.briankraft.com).

• EHRs that Code • Acronyms www.aapc.com

August 2012


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August 2012

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