Understanding the basic concepts of pathology CPT coding
and the strategies for avoiding errors
Chappy Manning, RN, CPC, Billing Support Service Coding Coordinator, PSA, LLC
Coding is the language that all new physicians must learn to speak if they want to get paid for their services. It’s the most common form of communication between doctors and third-party payers. And what you don’t know can cost you-in lost revenue, overcharges and even potential fines. If you’re new to pathology coding, this is your opportunity to become more comfortable with the language and concepts of CPT. Ms. Manning will detail the most common coding and documentation errors and teach you the strategies that can help you avoid them.
Choosing Your Career Path:
How the Genetic Transformation of Laboratory Medicine and Healthcare
Could Impact Your Future as a Pathologist
What 2011 graduating pathology residents and fellows need to know about these changes
Robert Michel, Editor-in-Chief, THE DARK REPORT
Gene Herbek, MD, FCAP, Medical Director of Transfusion and Coagulation Services, Methodist Hospital Pathology Center, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pathology, Nebraska Medical Center
THE DARK REPORT and DarkDaily.com have predicted that the pathology profession is about to enjoy a “Golden Age”—a time when new genetic and molecular assays will allow pathologists to provide extremely sensitive and precise diagnostic and prognostic information to clinicians and patients. For young pathologists preparing to enter the job market, picking the right career direction within clinical or anatomic pathology ensures a productive career that will be well compensated. But the opposite is equally true. If a young pathologist chooses to specialize in an area of lab medicine that is about to be disrupted by the introduction of new genetic diagnostics, then it could become a roller-coaster career.
Why 2011’s graduating residents and fellows need to jump-start their job search now
to get their pick of the best jobs
Richard Cornell, President, Santé Consulting, LLC
If you’re a fourth-year pathology resident or fellow, to get the best pathology job next spring, you must take action now. Wait until the winter and you could be too late to win plum employment or partner opportunities.
During your last year of residency or fellowship, it’s essential that your name, your talents, and your skills are put in front of prospective employers at the right time and in the right way. Remember, this spring you will be just one of 500 newly trained pathologists entering the job market and jostling for that perfect job. This surfeit of graduating pathologist means that employers are in the driver’s seat.