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TERM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Coding:

Q. "To maintain accreditation with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) as a Certified professional Coder, how many CEUs are required each year?"
A. To maintain accreditation as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Professional Coder-Hospital (CPC-H), or Certified Professional Coder-Payer (CPC-P), the American Academy of Professional Coders (the Academy) requires completion of 36 CEUs every two years. If dual credentials have been attained, 48 CEUs every two years are necessary to maintain the status of both. If triple credentials have been attained, 60 CEUs, every two years are necessary to maintain the status of all three.


Q. What does "ICD-9-CM" stand for?
A. The International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition, and Clinical Modification are the medical classification system used in the United States for the collection of information regarding disease and injury. It is a closed classification system allowing for one and only one place to classify each condition and procedure.


Q. What does CPT stand for?
A. CPT stands for Current Procedural Terminology. It is a listing of descriptive terms and identifying codes for reporting medical services and procedures performed by physicians.


Q. What are the three key components required for an E & M level?
A. History, Exam, and Medical Decision Making.


Q. What are the basic requirements to bill critical care?
A. Physician provides care to critically ill or injured patient, physician must be either in constant attendance with patient or with activities directly related to care of patient to prevent further life threatening deterioration of patient's condition. Physician must document at least 30 minutes were spent in the care of this patient, not including time spent performing separately billable procedures.