Tag Archive | "ICD-10-CM"

Make Heart Failure Coding a Cinch With These Documentation Tips

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Cardiology got off fairly light when it comes to 2019 ICD-10-CM changes, so that means you can devote some extra time and energy to refreshing your skills for your top diagnoses, like heart failure. One of the biggest problems experts report seeing in heart failure coding is that documentation supports coding only unspecified heart failure. […]

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Report Codes for Newborns? Bookmark This Maternal Drug List for Oct. 1, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

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Opioid use has been getting a lot of attention lately, so it’s worth noting that ICD-10-CM 2019 is all set to include a code for a newborn affected by maternal use of opiates. That code was just one of ICD-10-CM 2019’s new additions in category P04.-. To help you find the right code faster when […]

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ICD-10-CM 2019: Add These Surgical Wound Infection Codes to Your Toolkit

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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If you read our ICD-10-CM 2019 overview, you know to expect new surgical wound infection codes effective Oct. 1, 2018. Get to know the notes with the codes to be sure you can match your documentation to these more specific 2019 diagnosis codes when the time comes. Ob-Gyn Coders, Don’t Miss These Changes The first […]

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Clean Up Finger Fracture Coding With This S62.6- Documentation Primer

Friday, June 22, 2018

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ICD-10-CM 2019 is swapping the term “medial phalanx” to “middle phalanx” in 10 finger fracture codes. It’s a simple change, but it’s a reminder of the various factors involved in fracture coding. To help your orthopedic coding and documentation keep up with ICD-10-CM specificity, here’s a documentation checklist to help you find the right code […]

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Even More Tips to Get ICD-10-CM 2019 Update Prep Rolling (Part 2)

Friday, June 15, 2018

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Our coverage of ICD-10-CM 2019 updates continues here! In Part 1, you read about diagnosis coding for everything from eyelid disorders to urethral strictures. But there’s more to learn, so let’s keep going! Keep in mind: Below are just some of the highlights from the new code set, not a complete listing. Plus, the codes […]

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Breaking News: Get an ICD-10-CM 2019 Overview (Part 1)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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The preliminary ICD-10-CM 2019 code list shows roughly 280 new reportable codes and about 170 revisions. As you check into the 2019 diagnosis code changes, here are some trends and highlights to be alert for. (Watch for more coverage of the 2019 ICD-10-CM updates in the next post.) Remember: This is a preliminary list. The […]

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3 ICD-10-CM Cardiology Coding Tips That Line Up With the Risk-Adjustment Trend

Friday, May 25, 2018

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All the discussions of risk adjustment have put a spotlight on diagnosis coding, and one big way cardiology coders can help is by ensuring they follow the official rules for coding and learn about coding comorbidities, too. Here are some good, old-fashioned rules that will also help ensure your pro-fee cardiology coding follows best practices […]

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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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