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Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, March 1, 2011

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Coders often are befuddled by information in the medical record that makes determining a patient's heart status difficult. This includes ED notes, brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels, chest film interpretations, echocardiogram results, and left ventricular studies. ­Understanding basic definitions can help clear up this confusion for coders and assist them in crafting effective queries.

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