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Medical coding has been complex, evolving, and less understood by many, although it affects every medical practitioner practice in the United States. This book presents with the essentials of coding and billing for the otolaryngologist, thereby making it efficient and straightforward.

The authors of the various chapters have divided the whole process into key points, key codes and key modifiers, thereby extracting nuggets relevant to your topic of choice and specific to our field of otolaryngology. This will make your reimbursement better but reduce the risk for an audit. The chapters are very relevant, from successful strategies in billing and managing denied claims to avoiding legal issues.

The next few chapters in office practice, including subspecialties, gives one an understanding of specific office-setting use of coding. The section on surgical otolaryngology is more for the operating room setting and, again, helps navigate through each subspecialty, highlighting the key points, key procedure codes to modifiers and ends with controversial areas.

This is truly a guide into the business of navigating through the complexities of coding, billing and practice management. A unique but essential book for an otolaryngologist practising in the United States of America.

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Deepak Mehta (Prof)

Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA.

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