Tag Archives: Medical Coding

List of AAPC Credentials

The American Academy of Professional Coders has medical coding certifications for several types of credentials. Each organization offers several types of credentials, some parallel each other like the CPC and CCS, while other credentials may be unique to the organization. Credentials that you can obtain are as follows:

CPC-A: Certified Professional Coder, Apprentice

CPC: Certified Professional Coder

CPC-P: Certified Professional Coder – Payer

CPC-H: Certified Professional Coder – Hospital

CPC-I: Certified Professional Coder – Instructor

Specialty Medical Coding Credentials are as follows:

List of HCPCS Categories

The letters at the beginning of HCPCS Level II codes have the following meanings: A-codes (example: A0021): Transportation, Medical & Surgical Supplies, Miscellaneous & Experimental B-codes (example: B4034): Enteral and Parenteral Therapy C-codes (example: C1300): Temporary Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System D-codes: Dental Procedures E-codes (example: E0100): Durable Medical Equipment G-codes (example: G0008): Temporary Procedures & Professional Services H-codes (example: H0001):Continue Reading

Billing Q&A: What are HCPCS?

HCPCS stands for Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). For Medicare and other health insurance programs to ensure health care claims are processed in an orderly and consistent manner, standardized coding systems are essential. The HCPCS Level II code set is one of the standard code sets used by medical coders and billers for thisContinue Reading

Billing Q&A: Covering for a Colleague

In part of our Question & Answer Series, today we address a common question about how to do billing when you are covering for another physician. Q:  If I am covering for another physician and see some of his/her patients during his/her absence, are these patients considered new or established? A:  The CPT guidelines specifically addressContinue Reading