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Learn to complete and submit clean claim forms for major insurance carriers. Health Insurance Today, 3rd Edition, provides case studies for each of the chapters covering these major payers so you can learn how to abstract the information from the patient’s chart to complete the CMS-1500. You will learn to complete and submit paper claims, but the emphasis is on electronic claims filing, keeping you up-to-date on HIPAA, electronic health records, and the latest industry standards. Select exercises on the companion Evolve Resource site let you gain experience entering information into a practice management program; producing an electronic CMS-1500; and submitting a claim electronically.

  • Learning objectives makes learning easier and more meaningful
  • Direct, conversational writing style makes reading and absorbing the material more enjoyable
  • "What Did You Learn?" review questions ensure that you understand the material already covered, before progressing to the next section.
  • "Imagine This!" scenarios help you apply information from the book to real-life situations
  • "Stop and Think" exercises let you apply critical thinking skills to solve a problem or answer a question.
  • HIPAA Tips help you understand this very important piece of legislation.
  • Activities on the Evolve site give you hands-on practice electronically completing a claim form as efficiently as possible.

  • More content on electronic medical records to reflect the future of record-keeping

  • Thoroughly updated chapters include more in-depth information and guidelines on achieving and succeeding in a health insurance career

  • Revised information covering the latest Medicare updates keeps you in-step with the latest Medicare practices

  • Chapters include more content on ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and updates to the CPT and HCPCS so you know all the latest information in the field

  • Medisoft Activities on the Evolve Learning Resource site help to reinforce information and provide additional opportunities for practice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437717709
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/23/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


1. The Origins of Health Insurance

2. Tools of the Trade: A Career as a Health (Medical) Insurance Professional

3. The Legal & Ethical Side of Medical Insurance

4. Types and Sources of Health Insurance


5. The "Universal" Claim Form: CMS-1500

6. Traditional Fee-For-Service/Private Plans

7. Unraveling the Mysteries of Managed Care

8. Understanding Medicaid

9. Conquering Medicare’s Challenges

10. Military Carriers

11. Miscellaneous Carriers: Worker’s Compensation and Disability Insurance


12. Diagnostic Coding

13. Procedural, Evaluation & Management and HCPCS Coding


14. The Patient

15. The Claim


16. The Role of Computers in Health Insurance

17. Reimbursement Procedures: Getting Paid

18. Hospital Claim Form: The UB-04

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C



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