March 24, 2009

Knowing Your Specialty Track

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 10:17 am by codingb

Medical coding spans across the specialties present in the healthcare industry, and no specialty track remains totally detached from the other. A patient may go to a physician with multiple ailments at the same time, and more so in case of accidents. So, as a medical coder, it’s always better to not restrict your knowledge to only one specialty, but gather knowledge of other specialty tracks as well. A medical coder has to be always on his toes to stay aware of any changes in any of the specialty tracks.

Let’s talk about pathology coding and gastroenterology coding , both of which require an impressive amount of knowledge and understanding of the codes.

Pathology Coding involves a lot of procedures, where answers are not as obvious as you might think. You get the codes wrong, you do not get paid. Simple! Pathology has a number of subspecialties such as neuropathology, hematopathology, renal pathology, dermatopathology, and clinical pathology. Surgical pathology, for example, has many controversial CPT coding scenarios, and it’s tough to decide the charge policy to defend your decision.

Gastroenterology Coding can also be equally tricky, where physicians attempt several endoscopies on the same day and you are not sure how to go on about them, so that proper billing can be done. There are further confusions when it comes to locating the source in the gastro-intestinal tract. There may be several cases when procedure codes and reimbursement changes affect the proper coding of the treatment.

The best way to update your knowledge and clear your doubts is obviously to get in touch with experts for guaranteed solutions to your CPT coding issues. To stretch your knowledge across specialties, conferences by Coding Conferences are the most efficient and time saving add-ons, where you can move from one specialty to the other at your will.