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Coding and Costs for Cervical Spine Surgery

Cervical spinal procedures are performed for a variety of reasons. From the coding and billing perspective, knowing what to expect for each phase of the surgical process is vital to forming a knowledgable decision as to the reasonability of the … Continued

Coding for Preventative Counseling

A code can reveal a lot about the care given. Counseling codes can be used alone or in addition to the code for other unrelated medical care. Physicians, psychologists and others are increasingly using the new CPT[1] (Current Procedural Terminology) … Continued

Deciphering Medical Bills, a primer for attorneys

Dawn Cook Consulting is often asked to review and evaluate medical bills that have accumulated since an accident or for an incident that is in litigation. The process is often more complicated then simply looking at the medical coding or … Continued

Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: A Report to Congress

  A recent report to Congress from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that, “among all age groups, young children have one of the highest rates of Traumatic Brain Injury-related Emergency Department visits.” Traumatic Brain Injury, commonly … Continued

Inside the World of Paralegals

It’s no secret that paralegals and legal administrators have a role in every case at a law firm, from start to finish. How much do you really know about paralegals? If you’re curious about their education, resources, or even their … Continued

Nurse Expert Witness wins Shark Tank at NNBA Conference

Dawn Cook had the opportunity to attend the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) Nurse Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives Conference at the Sirata Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida from November 17th through the 19th. For those unfamiliar with the … Continued

Fall Prevention Protocol

In 2014, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality began a pilot project that involved hospitals equipped and trained with the AHRQ’s Fall Prevention Tookit over a period of 3 years. As a result of the experiences documented by the … Continued

New Publication in Journal of Nurse Life Care Planning

Nurse Life Care Planner Dawn Cook is happy to share that her recent article, “Platelet Rich Plasma: Life Care Planning Considerations,” is featured in the Fall 2017 issue of the AANLCP’s Journal of Nurse Life Care Planning. The AANLCP (American … Continued