Gastrointestinal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC-I, COC , writes about ICD-10-CM coding for colon cancer screening and CPT coding for diagnostic colonoscopies.
Evolving diagnostic terminology and a general lack of awareness surrounding gender fluidity can cause confusion for healthcare providers and coders. Review key considerations for the ICD-10-CM reporting of biological sex, gender identity, and other gender-related diagnoses. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of heart arrhythmia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, COC, CPC-I , reviews outpatient coding for AF and surgical techniques used to treat the condition on a case-by-case basis.
Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CRC , reviews the answers to commonly asked questions pertaining to sepsis documentation to help coders and CDI specialists ensure accurate reporting of this condition.
Physician coders need to know when it’s appropriate it apply modifier -25 for significant, separately identifiable E/M service. Lori A. Cox, MBA, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CGSC, CHONC , reviews the correct application of this frequently misused modifier. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Several surgical techniques can be used to excise or slow the growth of a paratubal cyst. Lori-Lynne Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , describes the etiology of paratubal cysts and CPT coding for their treatment.
Sepsis and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) have historically been difficult to report due to changing terminology and continuous updates to ICD-10-CM coding guidelines. Review clinical terminology and complex guidelines to select the most specific codes for both conditions.
The ICD-10-CM Manual lists hundreds of code options for mental disorders with unique characters to specify symptoms and complications. This article breaks down outpatient coding for commonly reported mental health conditions, psychiatric assessments, and psychotherapy. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
PTSD is marked by persistent mental and emotional stress that occurs as a result of severe psychological shock. Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC , reviews symptoms of and ICD-10-CM coding for PTSD, as well as barriers to psychosocial treatment for the condition.
Keeping up with coding changes in the circulatory system chapter in the ICD-10-CM manual is an ongoing process. Almost every fiscal year coders are met with new codes for myocardial infarctions (MI), changes to congestive heart failure codes, and updates to the guidelines for reporting cerebrovascular diseases.
Treatment options for spinal conditions are varied and may include pain management with medications, injections, or surgical interventions. Adrienne Commeree , CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP , breaks down spinal anatomy and ICD-10-PCS coding for spinal fusions and laminectomy procedures.
The skin maintains homeostasis by generating new tissue in response disease or damage. Sometimes, however, surgical interventions are used lessen the severity of the wound and prevent infection. Review integumentary system anatomy and CPT coding for removals and repairs used to facilitate wound healing. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Diagnosis coding for neoplasms can be particularly challenging, as neoplasms are classified by site, behavior, and morphology. Review ICD-10-CM coding and guidelines for reporting solid organ tumors and cancers affecting the bone marrow and lymphatic system. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Because lower extremity diagnoses are often associated with issues in other parts of the body, assessing the severity of a patient’s podiatric condition can be challenging. Shelley Safian, PhD, RHIA, HCISPP, COC, CPC-I , reviews physician E/M coding for patients seeking treatment for foot and lower leg problems.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, writes that accurate ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for the heart improves data quality, which in turn is used for statistics and tracking trends, so it is imperative to ensure the disease process is captured correctly.
Diagnosis coding for skin ulcers can be particularly confusing as different kinds of ulcers have their own etiology and associated ICD-10-CM code. Review ICD-10-CM coding and reporting for venous, pressure, and diabetic skin ulcers. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The spread of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a serious, paralysis-inducing syndrome, is beginning to alarm epidemiologists who have yet to identify its cause. Recognize the first signs of AFM and learn how to report the condition using ICD-10-CM codes. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The endocrine system is an intricate collection of hormone-producing glands that help to control mood, metabolism, tissue function, and sexual development. This article breaks down endocrine anatomy and ICD-10-CM guidelines for reporting diabetes mellitus and Cushing’s disease. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Karen, a 67-year-old patient with a history of hypertension, diabetes, and tobacco use, presents to her primary care physician with complaints of pain in her right buttock and thigh when she walks from her house to her mailbox. She is then admitted as an inpatient for surgery.
Anemia is the most common blood disorder, affecting more than 3 million Americans per year, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. In this article, Joel Moorhead, MD, PhD, CPC , reviews documentation and ICD-10-CM coding for anemia.