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Pay-per-view: Shrink radiation oncology coding confusion

APCs Insider, June 14, 2013

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Radiation oncology uses high-energy radiation to shrink or kill tumors or cancer cells with minimal harmful effects to healthy surrounding cells. To correctly code for radiation oncology services, coders need to understand the various elements of the treatment.

Radiation oncology can be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy and/or surgery, said ­Rebecca Vandiver, CPC, CPC-I, a coding consultant. Vandiver and Chandra Stephenson, CPC, CPC-H, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CEMC, CFPC, CGSC, CIMC, COSC, a coding consultant in ­Indianapolis, reviewed radiation oncology coding during the AAPC National Conference in Orlando, Fla., April 14-17.
Continue reading “Shrink radiation oncology coding confusion” on HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the June issue.

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