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Observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Increased Neoplasm Coding Know-How

9. October 2017

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You may be familiar with the statistic that roughly one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer. For men, the lifetime risk is about 1 in 1,000. The expansion of male breast cancer diagnosis codes to be as specific to site as female breast cancer codes was […]

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What Does ICD-10 Have to Do With Prescriptions to Treat Acute Pain?

27. September 2017

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We’re just days away from ICD-10 2018 implementation. One group with ICD-10-CM on the brain may be Ohio pharmacists. Here’s why: Effective Dec. 29, 2017, there will be new rules in Ohio for prescribing opioids. One of the requirements is for the prescription to include “The ICD-10-CM medical diagnosis code of the primary disease or […]

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ICD-10-CM 2018: Focus on Partial and Complete for Intestinal Obstruction Coding Updates

11. September 2017

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Intestinal obstruction coding changes are coming October 1 with ICD-10-CM 2018, meaning you need to be sure your documentation can stand up to new requirements. Here are some tips from General Surgery Coder to help you on your way. But first: For those of you with patients affected by recent hurricanes, the CDC has posted […]

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ICD-10-CM 2018: Succeed at Heart Failure Coding With This New Note Walk-Through

31. August 2017

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We’re in the home stretch for ICD-10-CM 2018 prep, with about a month to go. We’ve covered the Official Guidelines, but you need to review the new instructions in the code set that come with code revisions, too. Case in point: Let’s take a closer look at the notes you’ll find with the updated diagnosis […]

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Pair These ICD-10 2018 Official Guideline Updates With Their Code Set Counterparts

18. August 2017

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The ICD-10-CM 2018 Official Guidelines are out and ready for review. When you check through the new OGs for changes, take special note of these updates that line up with 2018 code set revisions. Look at Level to Choose ‘In Remission’ Code When you start to apply new codes for substance abuse in remission (you’ll […]

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ICD-10 2018: This Is Why Documenting Site Matters for Undescended-Testicle Coding

15. August 2017

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Our initial overview of ICD-10-CM 2018 looked at specialties with a large number of changes. But there are plenty of important changes coming Oct. 1, 2017, that didn’t fit into that quick analysis. Case in point: Urology has some interesting new codes that will be important for anyone who reports services related to congenital undescended […]

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Add ICD-10-CM Accuracy to Your Repeat Pap Smear Claims

28. July 2017

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Right about now it feels like all eyes are on ICD-10-CM 2018 (and there are plenty of changes to deal with). But we’ve got to be sure codes for our current claims are accurate, too. Today let’s get back to basics with a look at how to handle diagnosis coding for repeat Pap smears. Zero […]

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Learn the ABCs (and Zs) of IUD Coding

30. June 2017

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Intrauterine devices (IUDs) for birth control are fairly common, but somehow the coding for IUD-related services isn’t as clear-cut as it could be. In today’s post, get to know the codes and a common coding hurdle to watch for. Go Through All the Code Sets to Find the Codes CPT® provides these codes for IUD […]

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ICD-10-CM 2018 Posted! Let the Update Games Begin

16. June 2017

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ICD-10-CM 2018 files are up on the CMS site! Here’s a quick overview of what’s coming when the new version goes into effect Oct. 1, 2017. (Looking for PCS? Click here.) Check Changes by the Numbers Based on the files posted, it looks like we’ll be dealing with more than 700 updates: 360 additions 142 […]

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Take a Peek at 2018 ICD-10-PCS Updates

1. June 2017

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It’s only June of 2017, but for coders that means it’s time to start watching for 2018 updates. ICD-10-PCS files are already available for review. This inpatient coding system, which changes to the 2018 version on Oct. 1, 2017, will see 3,562 new codes and 646 deletions for a total of 78,705 codes in the […]

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