Issue 9, No. 10  (October  2009)

 

Your comments are encouraged and welcome!

Submit letters to the Editor for publication to cyndeew@brightok.net

You Must Be Joking!

Knock, Knock

Who’s there?

HIPAA

HIPAA who?

I’m sorry, I can’t tell you.

Submitted by Cindi Moore from Health Care Connect in Canton, MI.

HIPAA-Antics

What does one experience once they’ve grown cold to HIPAA compliance threats?

HIPAAthermia

What do you call someone who complains incessantly about HIPAA?

HIPAAchondriac

What do you call urgent HIPAA issues?

HIPAAcritical

What do you call someone who thinks HIPAA is sweet?

HIPAAglycemic

What is the disease you get from too much HIPAA?

HIPAAtitis

What do you call someone who is delighted with HIPAA?

HIPAA-go-lucky

Out of the mouths of Babes (kids answered these science questions)

Q: What is the fibula?
A: A small lie.

Q: What does 'varicose' mean? (I do love this one...)
A: Nearby.

Q: Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarian Section.'
A: The Caesarian Section is a district in Rome.

Q: What does the word 'benign' mean?'
A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight

Have a good, clean medical joke? Send it to cyndeew@brightok.net

AMBA 2009 National Conference - Mission Accomplished

2009 Conference Success

We had a phenomenal conference this year, thanks to all the attendees, speakers and exhibitors. For the past several years, we've been hovering at around 100-115 attendees. This year, we had more than 175,  counting exhibitors. We had double the number of exhibitors that we normally have and we had a lot more attendees this year. In today's economy, we believe a real statement was made - that AMBA members are committed to their educational growth and development.

Our National Advisory Board Members and Local Chapter Officers met on Wednesday, October 14th, for our annual working dinner. This was the largest gathering we've had for this event and we want to thank everyone for coming to Vegas a day early to attend.

 

Playing "hot-potato" before adjourning the meeting. No one knew the box actually contained a $50 gift card from Staples. Janet Woolsey, ("JW"), happily accepted the prize. Thanks to Lisa Bugsalewicz, AMBA Chapter Coordinator for providing that gift.

      Speaker Joel Hockberger talks to attendees about presenting their services effectively.

AMBA members, Jennifer Brisse, presents her breakout on marketing and billing for EMS.

Lunch on Day 1 - Are you in this picture?

Members Cheri Freeman, Rey Stafford (left 2), Ann Brunk and Sheila Hokes (right 2) assist Elvis (Brice Duffie, middle) in presenting Cyndee & Larry Weston with gift cards, flowers and a plaque all paid for by AMBA Members. (A pleasant surprise!)

Cheri Freeman and Elvis (thank you! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!)

AMBA's Social event was a big hit!

Jake Harper and Harrison Peery with Liles Parker take time out to get their picture taken


Conference SynchVue DVD ROM

We had some really great presentations during the conference. If you were unable to attend, you can still benefit by purchasing the SynchVue DVD ROM of the conference. It is full audio along with the presentations - just as if you were there - earn 6 CEUs.

Click here to learn more


                                                                                                                                                                                                    

A heartfelt thanks...

To All AMBA Members:

I wanted to make sure that all of you know how much Larry and I     appreciated the gift cards, the plaque and the flowers. It was such a wonderful surprise. Having Elvis deliver your gifts and thanks was simply over the top!

Thank you so much!

Cyndee Weston

 

 

2009 Award Recipients

Member of the Year - Ann Marie Brunk, CMRS, CPC

5 Star Award - Mori West

Director's Award - Karla Webster, CMRS

Einstein Award - Cheryl Freeman, CMRS

I Can Do It! Award - Susan Garrett, CPC, CPC-H, CHP

Team AMBA Award Recipients:

Lisa Paoli, CMRS, Cheri Freeman, CMRS, Rey Calvin, CMRS, CPC, Brice Duffie, CMRS, Anita Wells, CMRS, Mori West, Sheila Hokes, CMRS, Ann Marie Brunk, CMRS, CPC, Jackie Zube, CMRS and Barbara Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CENTC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CHCC

The following members are being recognized by their Chapters for your outstanding leadership. We are sorry that we were unable to present your awards in person during the conference. Award certificates will be mailed to you directly.

Local Chapter Award Recipients:

Ohio Chapter - JoAnne Hadler, CMRS

Southern California - Ann Grinnell

Central Texas - Barbara Wells

IL AMBA - Victoria Thomas, CMRS

Rocky Mountain AMBA - Martina Lang

Congratulations to all award recipients - you all are well deserving of the recognition for your leadership and the fine example you set for others.

If you haven't taken time to visit all of our conference exhibitors, please do. Each of them had a great service to offer members.

      Conference Exhibitors

Healthpac Computer Systems, a 27 year old national software development company with installations in 43 states offers HIPAA compliant medical billing and practice management software along with a CCHIT certified EMR.  Our software has been specifically designed for billing companies.  We offer an ASP or turnkey solution.  View our exciting new GUI product! Call 1-800-831-9419 Ext. 202

 

Gateway, EDI is one of the nation's fastest growing healthcare clearinghouses. Services include electronic claims, claim status, eligibility,   paper claims, patient statements, and remits.

       

 MedLook is a medical billing and patient scheduling package. It is workstation-based, supports one to multiple users on any number of systems, handles all patient statements and insurance claims (paper and electronic), and runs on Windows XP and VISTA. MedLook is easy to learn and easy to use. The patient scheduler/appointment manager is extremely easy to learn and use. For the front desk the scheduler greatly facilitates managing patients once they arrive at the office. Learn more by clicking here.

RISO - Ink and IngenuityRISO printing technology offers a combination of speed, economy, durability, and flexibility that can brighten up your work life -- or the life of your organization -- literally overnight. We invite you to explore our product line, learn what RISO technology can do in your workplace, and see our machines at the AMBA conference.

 

The Connect IQ® Online Bill Pay is an online patient billing solution that includes eStatements and Web-based online bill pay. These two solutions work in concert to allow sending of electronic and paper statements and enable patients to pay their balance or set up a payment plan online.

MD Synergy's integrated PRO Solutions includes Practice Management, EMR, Document Management, Transcription, ePrescription and a Patient Portal, which brings revenue efficiency to your physician practice.

 

Revenue Management Solutions offers a private labeled, comprehensive ASP remittance management processing solutions that enables billing companies to minimize keying, maximize revenues and more. Must be seen!

 

MedEnEx provides the highest quality of enrollment credentialing services, with an exceptional personalized touch. We are the leader in enrollment services, providing specialized enrollment services for physician groups, medical management organizations, billing companies and private practices from across the United States. 

 

Dedicated to providing the best results for over 88 years. We offer competitive rates, fast results and custom services tailored with your specific needs in mind. We provide a range of services including accounts receivable management assistance.

 

 

Value Added Reseller for  PRO Practice Management, a totally integrated product that streamlines efficiency and allows practices to achieve peak performance and maximize profitability.

 

Heartland Payment Systems delivers credit/debit/prepaid card processing, payroll, check management and payments solutions, to more than 300,000 business locations nationwide. Representing the Check Management – Remote Deposit Capture (RDC) product at the AMBA conference: “Our systems offer a cost-cutting single source for bank neutral remote deposit, returns, recovery and collections processing solutions to eliminate excess fees and redundant labor. The simplistic design is the only system on the market that is built to scan and allows to automated reconciliation and exception handling”.

Alpha II Software Solutions offers the most revenue-enhancing features of any medical coding software. Our suite of applications and developer toolkits supports coding, compliance, claims editing and revenue analysis for tens of thousands of healthcare professionals. Built on the strength of decades of healthcare experience and dedication, Alpha II software is the first and foremost solution to revenue cycle challenges.

Our attorneys have served in a variety of significant positions with the U.S. Department of Justice, as Assistant District Attorney, and as General Counsel for a publicly-traded company.   Our attorneys apply decades of focused experience and expertise in the representation of our clients.  A number of our attorneys have established national reputations in the areas of regulatory compliance, corporate transactions and health law.  We will aggressively work to safeguard your financial interests, and in some cases your personal liberty. We strive to provide quality, innovative representation in a cost-effective fashion. 

LTC offers a fast, state-of-the-art communications network that will deliver your insurance claims in the most expeditious manner. If your claim can be delivered electronically, LTC can do it. LTC has connections with nearly all insurance carriers who accept electronically transmitted claims with one of the industry's most extensive supported payor/carrier list. We also offer printing services to process claims destined for insurance carriers who do not accept claims electronically.

CardChoice Merchant Services is a fast growing purveyor of credit card transaction terminals and merchant processing services. We carry a complete line of point-of-sale (POS) equipment that allows merchants to accept credit, debit, gift/loyalty, and EBT cards. In addition, we offer other electronically driven financial products and services, including ATM machines and all check-related processing. 

 AdvancedMD offers comprehensive medical billing solutions designed to grow with  your business. With compelling ROI, unsurpassed client satisfaction and guaranteed results; AdvancedMD makes you indispensable to your clients. Visit our website or call 1-800-825-0224

Conference Sponsors


BCBS Employee's Personal Laptop with Data on 850,000 Physicians Stolen
 

The un-encrypted data identifying contracted physicians across the country were on a laptop computer stolen from an employee recently. The laptop was stolen from a vehicle on August 27, 2009 although notification of doctors didn't start until October. As of a couple of weeks ago, many physicians still have not been notified about the breach. The BCBS Association estimates that only about 187,000 of the physicians whose data was stolen actually included Social Security numbers.

The rest of the providers may not be notified at all since their stolen data only included name, address, tax ID and NPI. BCBS is giving free credit monitoring services to those doctors whose Social Security numbers were stolen but said other doctors, upon request to their home-state plans could receive credit monitoring as well.

Because no health information was contained in the breached data, HIPAA privacy breach disclosure rules that recently took effect requiring notification within a specified time would not apply.


 

OIG 2010 Work Plan Released 

The OIG released its 2010 OIG Work Plan, giving healthcare billing and compliance professionals an idea of what types of audits and reviews to expect in the coming year.

Key Initiatives for Physicians and Other Health Care Practitioners:

·         Trends in Medicare Hospice Utilization – review of Part A hospice claims in order to identify trends in hospice utilization, including the characteristics of hospice beneficiaries, geographical variations in utilization, and differences between for-profit and not-for-profit providers.

·         Medicare Incentive Payments for E-Prescribing – review of Medicare incentive payments made in 2010 to eligible health care professionals for their 2009 e-prescribing activities to determine whether incentive payments were made in error, and if so, to assess CMS's actions to remedy erroneous payments.

·         Medicare Payments for Part B imaging Services – review of payments for certain Part B imaging services with a focus on the practice expense component included in the payment for such services, including equipment utilization rate, in order to determine whether the Medicare payment for such services reflects actual expenses incurred and whether the utilization rate reflects current industry practices.

·         Services Performed by Clinical Social Workers – to determine whether services performed by clinical social workers in inpatient facilities were separately billed to Medicare Part B (listed in 2009 OIG Work Plan but apparently the start date was delayed to 2010).

·         Outpatient Physical Therapy Performed by Independent Therapists – to determine whether the services billed to Medicare by independent physical therapists complied with Medicare requirements (listed in 2009 OIG Work Plan but apparently the start date was delayed to 2010).

·         Use of the Modifier GY on Medicare Claims – to examine patterns and trends for physicians' and suppliers' use of modifier GY (used to code services that are statutorily excluded or do not meet the definition of a covered service) (listed in 2009 OIG Work Plan but apparently the start date was delayed to 2010).

·         Appropriateness of Medicare Payments for Polysomnography (Sleep Studies) – to examine the appropriateness of Medicare payments for sleep studies and the factors contributing to the rise in Medicare payments for sleep studies as well as provider compliance with Federal program requirements (listed in 2009 OIG Work Plan but apparently the start date was delayed to 2010).

·         Geographic Areas with a High Density of IDTFs (Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility) – a review of billing patterns, provider and beneficiary profiles, and services billed in areas with high concentrations of IDTFs.

·         Enrollment Standards for IDTFs – to determine whether IDTFs are in compliance with the 14 standards that IDTFs certify compliance with in the enrollment application.

·         Medicare Providers' Compliance with Assignment Rules – a review of provider compliance with assignment rules, in particular, whether providers treat the Medicare payment as payment in full, and to determine beneficiary awareness with their rights and responsibilities related to Medicare billing violations and Medicare coverage guidelines.

·         Payments for Services Ordered or Referred by Excluded Providers – a review of Medicare payments for services ordered or referred by excluded providers with a focus on the referring/ordering providers; a review of oversight mechanisms CMS has in place to identify and prevent improper payment for services based orders or referrals by excluded individuals.

·         Ambulance Services Used to Transport ESRD Beneficiaries – a review of the extent to which ambulance services are used to transport ESRD beneficiaries to and from dialysis facilities.

·         Physician Self-Referral for DME Services – This is a review for compliance with the Stark Law.  The OIG will review DME payments to DME suppliers in which physicians held an ownership interest.

·         Appropriateness of DME Categorization – a review of the appropriateness of DME categorization in the Medicare fee schedule in light of current costs, expected duration of beneficiary use, or extent of servicing involved to maintain the equipment, in order to determine whether DME are properly classified.

·         Medicare Pricing for Parenteral Nutrition – a review of the Medicare fee schedule in comparison to fees paid by other payors.

·         Medicaid Payments for Personal Emergency Response Systems – review of one state's payments to providers of personal emergent response systems to determine allow-ability for federal matching funds.

·         Medicaid Physician and Occupational Therapy Services: Appropriateness of Payments – review of the medical necessity, billing, and qualification of providers of physical therapy and occupational therapy to Medicaid beneficiaries.

Key Nursing Home Initiatives:

·         Oversight of Poorly Performing Nursing Homes – review of CMS/State use of enforcement measures (such as survey and certification reviews) for poorly performing nursing homes in order to determine their impact on improving quality of care.

·         Oversight of Nursing Home MDS – a review of CMS's processes for ensuring that nursing homes submit accurate and complete MDS data.

·         Medicaid Nursing Home Patients: Quality of Care – review of certain nursing facilities who may have provided substandard care based on conditions present in patients admitted to hospital (pressure sores, infections, or both).

·         Medicaid Incentive Payments for Nursing Facility Quality-of-Care Performance Measures – review of incentive payments made by Medicaid agencies to nursing facilities based on the nursing facility's performance on quality of care measures to determine if the States have sufficient controls in place to assess quality of care performance and whether the incentive payments were made in accordance with program requirements.

Key Medicaid Managed Care Initiatives:

·         Medicaid Managed Care Fraud and Abuse Safeguards – review of State monitoring of managed care organizations' fraud and abuse program safeguards.

·         Medicaid Managed Care Marketing Practices – review of State oversight and monitoring of managed care organization marketing practices.

Key Recovery Act Initiatives:

·         Breach Notification and Medical Identity Theft in Medicare – examination of CMS's compliance with the new breach notification requirements under the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. 

·         Medicare Incentive Payments for Electronic Health Records – review of Medicare incentive payments made to eligible health care professionals and hospitals for adopting electronic health records (payments begin in 2011).

 

 

New Local Chapter Officer Board

We've formed a new Local Chapter Board to assist the AMBA in development, community growth and governance of our chapters.

Local Chapter Board Members include:

Chairperson at large – Jackie Zube
Vice-Chairperson at large – Lisa Bugsalewicz
Secretary at large – Mori West
Member at large – Deborah Yannette
West – Jennifer Brisse
Midwest – Andi Kabaker
Northeast – Jane Hyskell
South – Jennifer Snead

We'd like to thank the board members for their time and effort

The board has had its first meeting and is moving forward to help us meet the needs and growth of our chapters. If you weren't aware of it - we have more chapters now than ever. See if there is a chapter near you!

Are you interested in forming a new chapter? If so, contact Lisa Bugsalewicz, Local Chapter Coordinator for the AMBA.

 

Medicare News
 

Web Addresses and Phone Numbers to Medicare Part B Offices


CMS Guide to Medicare Preventive Services

 

The Guide to Medicare Preventive Services for Physicians, Providers, Suppliers, and Other Health Care Professionals, which provides comprehensive information about the wide array of preventive benefits covered under Medicare, has been newly revised and updated! The third edition of this guide provides a variety of information on these vital benefits, including coverage, frequency, risk factors, billing, and reimbursement. It is now available on the Medicare Learning Network <http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNGenInfo/> in a downloadable, printable format at the following address:

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/mps_guide_web-061305.pdf

For more products related to Medicare-covered preventive services, please visit our preventive services educational products website at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNProducts/35_PreventiveServices.asp


Medicare Fee-for-Service Professional Providers and Suppliers: 

Version 2.7 of the MREP software is available for download at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/AccesstoDataApplication/02_MedicareRemitEasyPrint.asp on the CMS website. 

For a description of the changes in this version, see the “What’s New” section of the MREP User Guide – Version 2.7 at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/AccesstoDataApplication/Downloads/EasyPrintUserGuide.pdf

 


2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative
National Provider Call with Question & Answer Session

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Provider Communications Group will host a national provider conference call on the 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI).  This toll-free call will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., EST, on Tuesday, November 10, 2009.

The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) made the PQRI program permanent, but only authorized incentive payments through 2010. Eligible professionals who meet the criteria for satisfactory submission of quality measures data for services furnished during the reporting period, January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009, will earn an incentive payment of 2.0 percent of their total allowed charges for Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) covered professional services furnished during that same period. The 2009 PQRI consists of 153 quality measures and 7 measures groups.

The topics covered on this national provider call will include:

·         Updates on 2008 PQRI and 2007 PQRI re-run incentive payments & feedback reports;

·         Results from the 2008 PQRI and 2007 PQRI re-run; 

·         An update on 2010 PQRI and E-prescribing programs; and

·         What to expect on your feedback report.

Following the presentation, the lines will be opened to allow participants to ask questions of CMS PQRI subject matter experts.

Educational products are available on the PQRI dedicated web page located at, http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI , on the CMS website, in the Educational Resources section, as well as educational products are available on the e-prescribing dedicated web page located at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ERxIncentive on the CMS website. Feel free to download the resources prior to the call so that you may ask questions of the CMS presenters.

Conference call details: 

Date:  November 10, 2009

Conference Title:  Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) - National Provider Call

Time:   1:00 p.m. EST                      

In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data.  This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, NOT to allow participation.  Registration will close at 1:00 p.m. EST on November 9, 2009, or when available space has been filled.  No exceptions will be made, so please be sure to register prior to this time

To register for the call participants need to go to:

http://www.eventsvc.com/palmettogba/111009b

Fill in all required data. 

Verify your time zone is displayed correctly the drop down box.

Click "Register".

You will be taken to the “Thank you for registering” page and will receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter.  

Note: Please print and save this page, in the event that your server blocks the confirmation emails.  If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.

For those of who will be unable to attend, a transcript of the call will be available at least one week after the call at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/pqri on the CMS website.

 If you require services for the hearing impaired please send an email to: Medicare.TTT@PalmettoGBA.com.


MedLearn Matters Article Updates - October 2009

New:

MM6632 – FDG PET for Solid Tumors and Myeloma

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM6632.pdf

 

MM6672 – Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM6672.pdf

 

MM6673 – Annual Clotting Factor Furnishing Fee Update

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM6673.pdf

 

SE0922 – Alternative Process for Individual Eligible Professionals to Access Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and Electronic Prescribing (E-Prescribing) Feedback Reports

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE0922.pdf

 

SE0927 – Clarification of the Use of Modifiers When Billing “Wrong Surgery on a Patient”

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE0927.pdf

 

Revised:

MM6589 – Implementation of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) version 5010 for Transaction 835 - Health Care Claim Payment/Advice

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM6589.pdf

 

MM6455 – Ensuring Only Clinical Trial Services Receive Fee-for-Service (FFS) Payment on Claims Billed for Managed Care Beneficiaries

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM6455.pdf

 

SE0926 – 2009 - 2010 Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Resources for Health Care Professionals

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE0926.pdf

 

MM6634 – Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS), Long Term Care Hospital (LTCH) PPS, and Inpatient Psychiatric Facility (IPF) PPS Changes

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM6634.pdf

 

Seminars, Webinars, Chapter Happenings

Western PA AMBA Chapter will have their November meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at DeNunzio's Restaurant in Monroeville, PA.  

Guest speaker will be UPMC Representative, Richard Rizzo.

The discussion topic will be "2010 Changes."

Please RSVP with Jane at hyskell@verizon.net or by phone at (814) 938-8263 by Thursday, November 5, 2009.

AMBA CPC Coding Certification Prep Course through Career Coders

AMBA is hosting a CPC Prep course through Career Coders in Colorado. The owner, Melody Irvine, who is an AMBA National Advisory Board Member (and AAPC National Advisory Board Member), will instruct the course. Melody is PMCC certified and holds multiple other certifications through the AAPC and is a CMRS as well.

This class begins February 2, 2010 and runs 10 weeks, meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm ET (6pm CT) for an hour to an hour and a half.

You will need to purchase Step by Step Medical Coding - Carol Buck (both the textbook & workbook) and a set of codebooks (AMA Brand books preferred, ICD9, CPT4, HCPCS).

Cost is $1650 (additional fees of $370.00 for national testing are not included) Enroll online at Career Coders Or, contact Melody Irvine at (970) 663-0020 or email at melodyirvine@careercoders.com or you can feel free to email Cyndee Weston at at cyndeew@brightok.net

How is online class presented?

This class is presented online and is live. You will hear and see the instructor and ask questions. If you are unable to attend the live class, the class is recorded to listen to at a later time. No webcam, microphone
is required but recommended. Student is encouraged to read Step-by-Step book, complete exercises in book and workbook before class to determine their weak areas. There are weekly conference calls to discuss questions and concerns about anything covered or learned that week.

Criteria for Class

This is not a beginners class, students must have knowledge of CPT, ICD-9, HCPCS, Modifiers and Insurance billing concepts. It is an intense 10 weeks class designed to prepare students for the AAPC CPC certification test. The taking of this course does not guarantee the passing of the CPC National Certification Test. This is an online class - computer, internet and email required.

Prerequisites - Medical Terminology, Anatomy, Proficient in CPT, ICD-9, HCPCS, Modifiers, Medicare Rules and Regulations, Coding Concepts, HIPAA, High School Diploma/GED

Anatomy and Medical Terminology are not part of the CPC Certification class but is a part of the certification examination. If you fail the anatomy/medical terminology portion of the test, you fail the entire test.

Length of Class - Class meets 2 times a week for 10 weeks

Course of Study - Coding Guidelines, Surgery Guidelines, HCPCS, ICD-9, Evaluation and Management Codes, Integumentary System, Musculoskeletal System, Cardiovascular System, Endocrine System, Hemic System, Nervous System, Male and Female Genitalia, Maternity Care, Digestive System,
Respiratory System, Urinary System, Ear and Eye System, Radiology, Pathology, Medicine, Category II & III Codes.

I personally challenge AMBA members to increase your knowledge and credentials by taking this prep course and passing the CPC exam along with me (Cyndee Weston). We can do this!


 

Survey Results

The recent survey/poll taken in the last quarter of 2008 were recently made available to members on the AMBA Members Only website. If you haven't had a chance to review the results, take a few minutes to do so. Thank you to all that participated!

 

Quick Reference Links

AMBA Website http://www.ambanet.net/AMBA.htm  
2009 Conference Info http://www.ambanet.net/2009.htm
AMBA Email Group http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/ambanet
AMBA CMRS CEU List http://www.ambanet.net/ceu.pdf
AMBA CEU Submission Form http://www.ambanet.net/amba_CEU_form.htm
AMBA Bookstore http://www.ambanet.net/library.htm

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