Tag Archive | "ICD-10-CM"

ICD-10-CM Coding for ‘Vomiting’ Is Simple, Except When It’s Not

Friday, May 11, 2018

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Many coders have memorized R11.- (Nausea and vomiting). It’s a common complaint. But did you know that the diagnosis code for cyclical vomiting is in nervous system category G43.- (Migraine)? I was interested to see that when I read a recent Gastroenterology Coding Alert article. In a leap that perhaps only those in healthcare would […]

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Will ICD-11 Have a Code for ‘Struck by Turtle’?

Thursday, May 3, 2018

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Subcategory W59.22- (Struck by turtle) is an ICD-10-CM code that’s been in the blog a few times. So when I started playing with the WHO ICD-11 Coding Tool, I had to try “turtle” as a search term. No luck, but I did find PA71 (Unintentionally struck, kicked, or bumped by animal) after I changed my […]

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Get the Rundown on Rib Fracture ICD-10-CM Coding

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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The terms closed and open are major players for traumatic fracture diagnosis coding. Brush up on some basics with this focus on ICD-10-CM coding for rib fracture initial encounters. First, Find Fractures in the Index — You Know You Should! The ICD-10-CM index provides these entries for rib under the Fracture heading: Rib S22.3- With […]

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Answer These Questions to Pinpoint the Correct Coronary Atherosclerosis Code

Friday, March 9, 2018

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About a month ago, yet another report came out about whether omega-3 supplements make a difference in cardiovascular disease risk. The findings of this particular meta-analysis were that supplementation may not reduce coronary heart disease in people at high risk of the disease and more study is needed. But while the research continues, plenty of […]

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Look to .11 When Documentation Shows Substance Abuse ‘In Remission’

Friday, February 23, 2018

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Substance abuse disorder coding got more detailed options and clarifying notes in the 2018 version of ICD-10-CM. The good news is that now that we’re a few months in, you may have noticed that these changes helped bring your code choices more in line with current clinical practice. Here’s a refresher on how your code […]

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Spotlight K21.- to Keep GERD Coding Under Control

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition treated in a lot of doctors’ offices, so coding for this diagnosis deserves some careful attention. What is it? GERD involves acid reflux that occurs frequently. When the valve separating the esophagus and stomach doesn’t work appropriately, the stomach acid can travel up the esophagus, the tube from […]

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Skill Sharpener: Add to Your Cardiogenic Shock Coding Knowledge

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Cardiogenic shock may affect treatment outcomes for patients with multivessel coronary artery disease and acute myocardial infarction, so it’s an important diagnosis to document. What is cardiogenic shock, and what are the ICD-10-CM codes for it? Let’s take a look. Get to Know the Diagnosis A patient with the medical emergency known as cardiogenic shock […]

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

Monday, September 11, 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 Posted! Let the Update Games Begin

Friday, June 16, 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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ICD-10 Quick Quiz: What’s Your Thanksgiving Style?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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We’ve still got a little more than a week until Thanksgiving (although I had to double check after seeing my neighbor’s inflatable Santa village go up a couple of weeks ago). Here’s a just-for-fun ICD-10 quiz to predict how your Thanksgiving will go. 1. The day before Thanksgiving, you’re most likely to be: A. Cleaning […]

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