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How Should I Code This?: AJCC Cancer Staging Manual 7th Edition

Chapter 8 – Thyroid Clinical Staging: The assessment of a thyroid tumor depends on inspection and palpation of the thyroid gland and regional lymph nodes.  Indirect laryngoscopy to evaluate vocal cord motion is essential. A variety of imaging procedures can provide additional useful information. These include radioisotope thyroid scans, ultrasonography, CT, MRI and PET scans. When cross-sectional imaging is utilized, MRI is recommended so as to…

Posted on Jan. 27, 2017 in How Should I Code This?

Flexibility and Competitive Pay: How Medical Abstractors Can Have It All

Technology has given us the ability to work from anywhere, and people around the world are discovering a unique lifestyle as remote employees. Working from home obviously provides flexibility, but a position that also offers competitive pay and an exciting career path — most job searchers agree is harder to find. However, there is one field where professionals are finding the type of meaningful work, benefits,…

Posted on Jan. 26, 2017 in From Our Perspective

SEER Program Coding and Staging Manual 2016 – Summary of Changes Primary Site Pages 80 & 81

Assigning the primary site for tumors can sometimes be difficult.  Make every attempt to determine the primary site based on the pathology, physician notes, and radiology.  The SEER program manual gives tips for assigning an unknown or ill defined primary site. When the medical record does not contain enough information to assign a primary site Consult physician advisor Use the NOS category for organ system or…

Posted on Jan. 20, 2017 in How Should I Code This?

Community Health Needs Assessment; It’s More Than a Standard Requirement

Under section 501 (c)(3) of Federal Internal Revenue Code required Not-for- profit hospitals, in order to maintain their tax-exempt, or “charitable” status, provide the benefit of the community they serve. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) enacted section 501(r) states that a hospital organization described in 501 (c)(3) unless the organization meets the requirements of section 501(r)(1). The Affordable Care Act did not otherwise…

Posted on Jan. 17, 2017 in From Our Perspective