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Clear Up Coverage Questions for Medicare’s Hepatitis B Screening

17. May 2019

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The percentage of people who have hepatitis B but don’t know it could be as high as 67 percent, and the opioid epidemic is fueling an increase in infections, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). That’s one reason screening is so important. Medicare’s coverage rules for hepatitis B screening are specific, […]

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5 Things to Know About K57.- for Diverticular Disease of Intestine

10. May 2019

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ICD-10-CM provides more than 20 codes for diverticular disease of the intestine, so you know attention to detail is the key to success! Here are five areas to watch to improve your coding accuracy. 1. Eat Your Wheaties Before You Tackle Documentation ICD-10-CM includes a lot of codes for diverticular disease under K57.-, so you’ve […]

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Your Secret Decoder for ICD-10-CM Notes Has Arrived!

18. April 2019

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I’ve been working with ICD-10-CM notes recently, like Excludes1 and “code first.” One thing coders have to know about those notes is that they come with qualifiers. Let’s look at some of the not-so-obvious meanings of these ICD-10-CM notes. Excludes1 Means “NOT CODED HERE!” Unless … ICD-10-CM Excludes1 notes originally came with the explanation that […]

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Before You Pick a Pain Code, You Need to Know These Official Guidelines

15. April 2019

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ICD-10-CM is picky about pain coding, and it’s no wonder considering all the possible variations. Fortunately you can turn to the 2019 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (OGs) to keep your coding skills sharp. Today we’ll take a look at some of these pain pointers. Walk a Fine Line for Pain Related to […]

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How Well Do You Know ICD-10-CM Vax Codes? Quiz Time!

28. March 2019

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Complete knowledge of ICD-10-CM coding for immunizations means knowing how to code both when an immunization occurs and when it does not. Ready to see if you’ve mastered the ICD-10-CM codes for these encounters? Let’s go! Choose Your Answers to These ICD-10-CM Questions Q1. What does the code-level note with Z23 (Encounter for immunization) in […]

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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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