Q: We recently had a patient who was admitted with sepsis and the physician documented sepsis, a urinary tract infection (UTI) related to a chronic Foley catheter, and pneumonia. Can we report sepsis first instead of the complication code, or is the complication always first?
Q: We have a diabetic patient with chronic kidney disease and hypertension who was admitted for treatment of chronic kidney disease (an Insertion of an arteriovenous graft for dialysis). Which ICD-10-CM code should be sequenced as the principal diagnosis?
Q: What would be reported as the principal diagnosis if a patient was admitted with both a urinary tract infection (UTI) and sepsis? What would be reported first if the patient developed a catheter-associated UTI with sepsis?
Q: A patient presents to a wound care clinic for assessment of a 15 sq. cm open wound. A nurse evaluates the wound and performs selective debridement. Would it be appropriate to bill an E/M code and if so, should we report modifier -25?
Q: A diabetic patient is diagnosed with a gangrenous decubitus ulcer of the left heel and admitted to the hospital for treatment. If the provider documents an association between diabetes and the decubitus ulcer, which condition should be sequenced as the principal diagnosis?
Q: Suppose a patient comes in for psychological testing evaluation. The provider interprets the test results and patient data, prepares a report, and begins treatment planning. If the interactive feedback session is held several days later, how would this be reported using CPT codes?
Q: A clinician documented "combination Type 1 and Type 2, diabetes mellitus in poor control." This condition is sometimes called Type 1.5 diabetes. What is the correct ICD-10-CM code assignment for Type 1.5 diabetes?
Q: We have a patient who received a pancreas transplant for the treatment of diabetes. The patient was later admitted to the hospital for treatment of an unrelated kidney stone. Would it be appropriate to assign the ICD-10-CM code for diabetes as a chronic condition based on the patient’s medical history?
Q: A physician orders a comprehensive metabolic panel and a quantitative blood sample to measure blood glucose level. How would a coder report these services using CPT codes, and what modifier would he or she use to indicate that the blood sample was performed separately from the panel?
Q: I was recently informed that providers use cellular-based tissue products to treat ulcers when a patient fails to respond to more conservative treatment options. What constitutes a failed response to treatment and how would this be documented?