AAPC Adds Facility Tools to AAPC Coder

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New Add-on Tools Ease Facility Coding

These new tools help assure defensible, easy-to-use ways to manage complicated facility coding.

AAPC (http://www.aapc.com), the leader in advancing the business of healthcare, is introducing new, add-on facility coding features to its online code lookup tool: AAPC Coder – an all-inclusive search engine for CPT®, ICD-9-CM, ICD-10, and HCPCS Level II medical codes. New access to the ICD-9 and HCPCS Coding Clinic, Facility Coder, and DRG Coder allow more accuracy and access for facility coders.

“These new tools help assure defensible, easy-to-use ways to manage complicated facility coding. It means facilities can now learn what outpatient providers have already discovered,” Bevan Erickson, president, Member Solutions, said. “The simplicity, completeness, and ease of AAPC Coder are a huge boon to managing the revenue stream.”

AHA ICD-9 and HCPCS Coding Clinic

The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) ICD-9 Coding Clinic add-on allows users to look up the ICD-9-CM code set’s official, authoritative quarterly reference. The HCPCS Coding Clinic lookup offers consistent and accurate advice for the proper use of HCPCS; it includes information on HCPCS reporting for hospitals using HCPCS Level 1 (CPT®) and Level II codes, the latest code assignments from emerging technologies, and real examples.

Outpatient Facility Coder

The Outpatient Facility Coder provides coding and reimbursement tools needed by outpatient facility coders and CDI experts. The tool allows users to view the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) fee schedules for freestanding ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and hospital based outpatient services in one place. Users can identify the applicable modifiers, status indicators, and payment indicators for each CPT® code. For procedures requiring devices, users can view if there is a credit adjustment policy for the device, avoid bundling, and determine proper modifier use by using the OPPS correct coding initiative (CCI) checker feature for up to 25 codes at one time.

DRG Coder

DRG Coder provides coding and reimbursement tools needed for inpatient coders and CDI experts. It includes ICD-10-PCS GEMS and reimbursement mapping crosswalks; a quick view of DRGs that differ solely based on patient condition, alerting staff of comorbidities qualifying for greater payment; and forward and backward mapping. Users also receive Inpatient Coding & Compliance Alert, a newsletter helping to improve documentation compliance with changes, tips, and pitfall warnings.

About AAPC:

AAPC (http://www.aapc.com) is the nation’s largest training and credentialing association for the business of healthcare, with more than 130,000 members representing physician offices, outpatient facilities, and payer organizations. AAPC certifications validate the knowledge and expertise of healthcare professionals in disciplines including medical coding, billing, auditing, compliance, and practice management. AAPC offers the industry-leading Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), Certified Professional Biller (CPB™), Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®), Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO™), and Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM®) credentials, along with more than 20 specialty-specific coding credentials. AAPC also provides a wide variety of continuing education, resources, and networking opportunities.

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