Q: If a physician documents a patient as HIV positive, should the ICD-10-CM code Z21 be reported? What about if they document the patient is HIV positive with an HIV-related illness—would that be reported with ICD-10-CM code B20?
ICD-10-CM codes for traumatic fractures specify the type of bone injury, affected area of the body, and in some cases, the degree of soft tissue damage. Review orthopedic terminology and documentation requirements for traumatic fractures to resolve the coding challenges.
Q: Our facility has been seeing more denials lately for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), especially when both respiratory failure and ARDS are documented in the same record. How should ARDS be reported in ICD-10-CM, and which MS-DRG does this diagnosis group to?
Q: A wound care patient with a 25-sq-cm chronic foot ulcer presents with a new cellulitic rash, which is treated using topical medication. During the visit, the physician also surgically removes dead tissue from the ulcer. How would these services be reported in CPT?
Q: Our coding team has been having trouble reporting post-operative complications due to vague physician documentation. What language might you suggest that physicians use to clarify that the complication is indeed due to surgery?