Billers and Coders Digest
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013   |   Edition 1.17

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Increased job opportunity for Billers & Coders as 2013 brings more changes to CPT® than seen in years
US healthcare industry in 2013 brings more changes to CPT® than seen in years comprising of more than 650 code changes - including 82 evaluation and management code revisions. The upcoming ICD-10 and other demanding changes are expected to further expand medical coding specialist’s job roles, opportunities and remuneration in 2013 and ahead.

Industry Standards State :
Total of 176,090 people were employed in medical billing and coding in 2010.

Medical Billing and Coding Outlook for 2013 and beyond :

Major Reasons for increasing demand
CPT® changes in 2013 depict changes in hundreds of codes and guidelines which have been broadened to include "other qualified health professionals"..
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Increased Job Prospects
Employment projection data for healthcare occupations, 2006, 2010, 2020 (Numbers in thousands)
Occupation Projected change, 2010–2020
Number Percent
Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations 2,019.7 25.9
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The ICD-10 Planning Checklist from January 2013
A transition as big and as pervasive as ICD-10 needs a well planned approach. Many of you (providers, coders, and payers included) may already have one in place or heard of it being integral to those who are on course to achieving ICD-10 compliance on time.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), total health care spending in the U.S. is the highest in the world.
2 The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department expects health share of GDP to be at a historical high of 19.5% by 2017.
CMS Updates
1 Medicaid and CHIP Updates
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2 Millions of Americans newly eligible for quality, affordable health coverage in 2014 Read More
3 More doctors, hospitals partner to coordinate care for people with Medicare Read More
Tips on acquiring certification in a specialty of your choice & capture the increasing opportunities

Medical billers and coders can access various exciting new opportunities opting for a specialist certification in an area of their interest or suited to their field.

The American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) offers specialist certification in these areas :

Ambulatory Surgery Dermatology Pediatrics Plastic Surgery
Chiropractic Emergency Medicine Internal Medicine Rheumatology
Cardiology Family Practice Otolaryngology Urology
General Surgery Gastroenterology Orthopedic Surgery Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
Anesthesia & Pain Management Obstetrics & Gynecology Hematology & Oncology  

Investigate the programs that lead to certification in these fields and the certification testing available in each area.
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