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ICD-10-CM OGs: Get Team In Sync on Coding Based on Provider’s Statement

21. February 2019

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ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines state that your choice of diagnosis code is based on the provider’s diagnostic statement, but that’s not always as clear-cut as it sounds. Let’s dig in to this guideline. Work From the Official Guideline Wording The 2019 ICD-10-CM Official Guideline (OG) we’re discussing here is I.A.19: Code assignment and Clinical Criteria The […]

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ICD-10-CM: Don’t Give Up Too Soon When Coding Flank Pain

18. February 2019

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Flank pain is a complaint a lot of general practices and specialties see. Here are some pointers on how to code correctly for this common condition. Find Flank Under Abdominal in the Index The flank is the side area of the torso below the ribs. To code for flank pain, start by looking at the […]

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Obstetrics: Take the Confusion Out of Pre-Existing Hypertension ICD-10-CM Coding

13. December 2018

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Hypertension is a common diagnosis, so a lot of specialties have to understand the rules for coding this condition. Obstetrics coders have to go one step further for hypertension and learn the specific rules for coding pre-existing hypertension in pregnancy, which is our focus today. Watch for Documentation of Pre-Existing or Gestational You’ll find the […]

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ICD-10-CM: 3 Tips for More Accurate Hyperthyroidism Coding

29. November 2018

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ICD-10-CM includes a host of codes for hyperthyroidism, and that means your team’s documentation and coding skills need to be sharp. Here are some helpful hints to get you on your way. Learn Your Terms and Prefixes to Locate Codes Knowing medical anatomy and terminology is a must for coders, and that includes knowing that […]

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ICD-10-CM: Know Which Terms Lead to Codes for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder

27. November 2018

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Generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder rank among the most common mental health disorders in the U.S. population. A variety of health professionals may see patients with these conditions, including primary care providers and specialists. That means knowing the diagnosis coding terminology below is beneficial for a lot of us in the field. Starting point: […]

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Know 3 Rule-Out Rules for Better ICD-10-CM Coding

25. October 2018

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If you come across documentation that refers to ruling out a diagnosis, it’s time to go on high alert. There are some specific rules you need to follow for ICD-10-CM coding. Here are tips straight from the 2019 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (OGs). 1. Know When to Use Codes That Specify ‘Ruled […]

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Time for a Halloween Coding Fright-Fest!

23. October 2018

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We’ve had some fun in the past with Halloween-themed codes, but there are still a few left, especially if we throw some ICD-11 into the witchy brew. Here’s a quick quiz to get you in the spooky spirit. How to Treat Problematic Arachnid Blood Vessels Stephen Spider comes into the office complaining about some veins […]

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Perfect Your Coding for Pressure Ulcer Diagnoses With These Documentation Tips

15. October 2018

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ICD-10-CM has a lot of codes (more than 150!) for pressure ulcers, and that means your clinicians’ documentation game has got to be on point for your to get the most accurate code for the case. These three steps should help you get the job done. 1. Know Where to Look for Pressure Ulcer Stage […]

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Last-Minute Tips to Catch Every ICD-10-CM 2019 Eyelid Code Change

28. September 2018

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It’s ICD-10-CM 2019-eve! A big chunk of the changes effective Oct. 1, 2018, make coding for many eyelid diagnoses more specific, requiring you to specify not only the eye but also the eyelid involved. To be sure you’re ready, here’s one last crash course in eyelid ICD-10-CM coding for 2019.

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Here’s How ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines Apply to New Ecstasy Poisoning Codes

23. August 2018

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ICD-10-CM 2019 is adding a new subcategory for “poisoning by ecstasy,” effective Oct. 1, 2018. Poisoning is one of those coding terms that has a more complex meaning than you may first suspect. Read on to get clarity on when to use these new codes. Catch Complete Character Requirements for Ecstasy Codes ICD-10-CM 2019 adds […]

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