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Bruce Pegg
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An experienced teacher and published author, Bruce is TCI’s new voice of primary care, delivering advice and insights every month for coders in the fields of family, internal, and pediatric medicine through Primary Care Coding Alert and Pediatric Coding Alert. Additionally, he is the current editor of E/M Coding Alert. Bruce has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loughborough University in England and a Master of Arts degree from The College at Brockport, State University of New York. He recently became a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), credentialed through AAPC.

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    There are 2,115 additions to the third quarter Medicare National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI or CCI) practitioner edits that became effective July 1, 2019. The good news is that the bulk of the new edits affect a comparatively small number of highly specialized HCPCS codes. Around   Read more..
    Posted on 12 Aug, 2019
    By Bruce Pegg
    Find Out Which New Therapeutic Service Codes Made the Latest CCI Edit List
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    Get answers to your primary care reporting questions — and bank optimal reimbursement for your services. If you have primary care coding questions and stress over the time it takes to find reliable answers, today’s post is for you. Among the many questions we receive from   Read more..
    Posted on 6 Aug, 2019
    By Bruce Pegg
    Are Primary Care Coding Questions Slowing You Down?
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    In our last post, we looked at significant changes to the circulatory disease, skin disease, and congenital malformation ICD-10-CM codes that are poised to take effect on Oct. 1, 2019 in our previous post. But you don’t have to be a seasoned coder to realize that   Read more..
    Posted on 26 Jul, 2019
    By Bruce Pegg
    Dig a Little Deeper Into the 2020 ICD-10-CM Revisions (Part 2)
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    If circulatory diseases, skin diseases, and congenital malformations take up a lot, or even a little, of your coding time, there are many substantive changes heading your way that you will need to understand prior to ICD-10-CM 2020 taking effect on Oct. 1, 2019. The good   Read more..
    Posted on 23 Jul, 2019
    By Bruce Pegg
    Dig a Little Deeper Into the 2020 ICD-10-CM Revisions (Part 1)
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    Join us for a dose of holiday-themed coding humor! Parades. Cookouts. Fireworks. And all-American summertime fun. What could be better than Independence Day? Well, how about a July 4-themed ICD-10-CM coding quiz? Don’t worry — it’s not serious, and you’ll be able to finish in plenty of   Read more..
    Posted on 3 Jul, 2019
    By Bruce Pegg
    Can You Pass This July 4 Coding Quiz?
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    CMS has just released ICD-10-CM 2020, and there are both big and subtle changes you won’t want to miss spread out among the seven deleted codes, 328 new subcategories and codes, and 35 revised subcategories and codes. Here are eight important takeaways from the ICD-10-CM 2020   Read more..
    Posted on 2 Jul, 2019
    By Bruce Pegg
    News Flash: Get Your First Glimpse of ICD-10-CM 2020
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    If you’re an inpatient hospital coder, you’ve got some good news coming your way. Beginning on Oct. 1, 2019, you’ll have 1,322 fewer ICD-10-PCS codes to deal with. That’s because the number of deleted procedure codes — 2,056 in all — far outnumber the 734   Read more..
    Posted on 25 Jun, 2019
    By Bruce Pegg
    Get Ready for the 2020 ICD-10-PCS Deletions, Additions, Revisions, and Guideline Changes
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    If you’ve been following the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposals for revamping the evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines, you’ll know that part of the goal for these efforts is to simplify the regulations, especially the documentation, for these services. Those attempts continue with   Read more..
    Posted on 14 Jun, 2019
    By Bruce Pegg
    Consider This Current CMS CR to Decrease Teaching Physician Documentation Distress
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    If your practice conducts, or is considering conducting, simple in-house laboratory tests for such common medical conditions as pregnancy, diabetes, or drug dependency, then more than likely you have heard of CLIA. But if you don’t know what a CLIA-waived test is, or if your knowledge   Read more..
    Posted on 27 May, 2019
    By Bruce Pegg
    4 Important Things You Need to Know About CLIA
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    Look around your practice or facility’s waiting room. Are there patients reading texts on their phones? If they are looking at messages they have received from your provider, your office may be in violation of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. If you think   Read more..
    Posted on 25 Apr, 2019
    By Bruce Pegg
    Get to Know Texting and HIPAA Correlations Before You Hit Send