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Speak clinical language and correct coding will follow

Briefings on APCs, May 1, 2007

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For a coder to properly code a heart catheterization procedure note, he or she must first speak the same language as the physician. If not, all of the coding knowledge in the world won't help.

"I think it's absolutely critical that people who are coding from procedure reports understand what they're reading about, before you get to the billing specifics," says Jim Collins, CPC, CHCC, ACS-CA, president of The Cardiology Coalition in Matthews, NC. "This [knowledge] allows you to pretty much dive into any heart catheter report."

A heart catheterization procedure is the most definitive way to assess a patient's cardiovascular function . It also assesses hemodynamics and luminal irregularities.

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