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JustCoding News: Outpatient, September 8, 2009

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A new coder productivity survey in the Special Reports and News section:

  • Coder Productivity Benchmarks

Continuing education credits: To receive a 0.5 CE credit, take the quiz after reading the following articles:

  • FY 2010 OPPS proposed rule: CMS focuses on physician supervision, drug reimbursement
  • Know guidelines and subtle differences in code descriptions for laceration repairs
  • CMS adds three new modifiers for outpatient never events
  • Healthcare News: CMS and NCHS release new ICD-9 coding guidelines effective October 1
  • Q&A: Know criteria for reporting code 99050 for weekend hours

Important Editor’s Note: As of September 9, 2009, you will receive an issue of JustCoding News: Outpatient every other week. (On alternate weeks, you will receive JustCoding News: Inpatient.) Please add our address to your e-mail address book to ensure you receive your e-Newsletter issues. Also note that as of this issue, due to a change in the American Academy of Professional Coders’ (AAPC) CE policies, paid and Platinum members will have an opportunity to earn a 0.5 continuing education credit per week from the AAPC by taking a 5-question quiz that is based on multiple articles from each week’s issue of JustCoding News. To receive your CE credit, paid and Platinum members must read articles in the bimonthly e-newsletters JustCoding News: Inpatient and JustCoding News: Outpatient, take the accompanying quiz that is common to all applicable articles for that week, and get all 5 answers correct. Access’s CE Credits Web page to learn more about earning CE credits.

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