Membership Basics: What's Included

You get exclusive access to our library of essential coding resources for medical practices including webinars, articles, in-depth coding guides, quick reference sheets, annual CPT® and CMS updates, and more. See the list below for a summary of what you will and won't find on CodingIntel.

What you WILL find on CodingIntel What you WON'T find on CodingIntel
E/M category of code, level of service and prolonged services Facility or ASC coding rules
Updates on CPT codes Updates on OPPS billing
Global surgery rules, pre-ops, post-ops and use of modifiers Specialty procedural coding (Ortho, cardiac, etc.)
Preventive medicine, wellness visits, split visits Individual commercial payers or state Medicaid rules
Explanation of NCCI NCCI look up function
Medicare specific rules for physician offices, including incident to and shared services Medicare specific rules for facilities and supervision of services
HCC and diagnosis coding Forum for submitting individual coding questions
Medicare updates for physician services, including HCPCS codes Medicare policies and updates for facilities or ASC 

Does membership include a place to ask coding questions?

CodingIntel does not provide individual answers to coding questions. From time to time, we may use questions that are submitted frequently as a basis for an article.


Sheer volume. There are more questions than there is time to answer them.

  • Procedure coding. We don’t have the staff and or the expertise to read and code procedure notes. See below for options.
  • Compliance issues. Some questions describe compliance situations that should be addressed by the compliance department or health care attorney, and not sent via email to someone outside the organization.
  • Reimbursement issues. If only payers all followed coding rules! Unfortunately, some issues are specific to a payer’s policies and their own interpretation.
  • What if questions: If you’re a coder, you’ve been in a meeting when someone says, “What if the NP and a PA walk into a bar,” no, sorry, What if both participate with a resident and an attending, and the PA….” or “What if, half the procedure is done on a Tuesday but the other half is done….” When I get a “what if” question, it’s never by itself. I am sorry, answering individual “what if” questions isn’t part of CodingIntel.

If you are looking for a Q&A service, the AMA offers the CPT Network and Knowledge Base, an internet-based system that provides AMA members and subscribers the tools to quickly research a database of commonly asked CPT coding questions and clinical examples (vignettes).

If you are a physician or work for a physician, we suggest asking the physician to send the coding question to his/her specialty society.  Compliance questions should go the compliance department or medical director, and serious compliance concerns should be handled under attorney-client privilege. There are also listservs available, and you could pose your question there. The AAPC has one, as does Part B News.

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