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April 19, 2013 by Holly Cassano

Recap of the AAPC National Conference

This past week was a whirlwind as April 14 kicked off the annual AAPC National Conference, which was held in Orlando, Florida this year from April 14-17 at the Walt Disney World Coronado Springs Resort. The AAPC’s national conferences offer coding and billing professionals an opportunity to network and learn from industry experts and also […]

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April 15, 2013 by Holly Cassano

A Closer Look at the AAPC’s New Billing Credential

Last week, I blogged about the AAPC’s newly-launched credential, the Certified Professional Biller (CPB), which is now available on the AAPC’s website. As I mentioned last week, the CPB credential qualifies for college credits via the University of Phoenix, for those students who wish to pursue a degree in addition to earning certification. This week, […]

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April 10, 2013 by Holly Cassano

The AAPC Tackles ICD-10 at National Conference This Year

ICD-10 Countdown – Oct. 1, 2014 – 538 days until Implementation Every spring, the AAPC holds its trademark, or gold standard event, the national conference in different cities including Las Vegas, NV, Long Island, CA, and Jacksonville, FL. Thousands of AAPC members and corporate sponsors gather together to listen to industry experts on coding, billing, […]

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April 10, 2013 by Staff Writers

These are the Most Important U.S. Medical Conferences

Medical conferences have become a staple of professional, academic, and social life for healthcare professionals across many disciplines. These gatherings range from local community meetings to large-scale workshops and international conferences. Attendees include a wide range of professionals, from clinicians and researchers to academics and private industry representatives. Mobilizing like-minded professionals around a common set […]

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April 8, 2013 by Holly Cassano

AAPC Launches New Medical Billing Credential

By Holly Cassano, CPC Recently, the AAPC launched its new medical billing credential — the Certified Professional Biller (CPB), which is nationally recognized. The credential is separate from a certified coding credential, but it teaches some coding basics, with a core focus on medical billing on the provider side of health care. A bonus of […]

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April 4, 2013 by Holly Cassano

Insight into the ICD-10 Transition & Tips to Help You Prepare

ICD-10 Countdown – Oct. 1, 2014 – 545 days until implementation Last week, I discussed some of the provider concerns about the impending transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2014. Some of the concerns that providers have with the transition included not having enough time to implement the necessary IT/staffing changes in order to be […]

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April 1, 2013 by Holly Cassano

Stay Abreast of Coding and Billing Changes with CMS Hot Topics

By Holly Cassano, CPC Medical billing and coding is constantly being updated. Billing/coding professionals and providers have a responsibility to stay abreast of these changes in order to maintain compliance, and one of the ways that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) communicate these changes is via their carrier websites under the title of “Hot Topics.” […]

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March 27, 2013 by Holly Cassano

Addressing the AMA’s Concerns about the ICD-10 Rollout

ICD-10 Countdown – Oct. 1, 2014 – 552 days until implementation By Holly Cassano, CPC ICD-10 implementation is progressing as the health care industry prepares for the final switch on Oct. 1, 2014. On the provider side, the transition will involve comprehension of the diagnosis component, ICD-10-CM, and ramping up their documentation skills so that the billers […]

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March 25, 2013 by Holly Cassano

Acing the Interview: 7 Questions to Prepare Yourself For

By Holly Cassano, CPC The interview process can truly be grueling for many newly certified medical billing and coding professionals. Having been on both ends of the spectrum, I honestly can say that I prefer doing the interviewing rather than being the interviewee. One thing you should keep in mind is that having confidence in […]

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