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Your Step-by-Step Guide to ICD-10-CM Coding of Orbital Fractures

16. January 2020

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ICD-10-CM 2020 added dozens of new codes for orbital fractures, which are breaks in the bones surrounding the eye. To help you get to the correct code faster, follow these steps for orbital fracture coding. 1. Check the Orbital Fracture Location Your new ICD-10-CM 2020 options for orbital fractures allows you to identify the location […]

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Oncology and Hematology Coders: Get Tips on HCCs and Risk Adjustment

2. December 2019

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Risk adjustment models often focus on chronic conditions, like cancer, when determining risk scores for patients. But limiting your medical coding to a single diagnosis isn’t the best approach for these increasingly important payment models. Oncology and hematology coders can get their reporting in line with risk adjustment models, including Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs), by […]

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Meet the Latest Modifier-Related RAC Topics

21. November 2019

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You may know that medical coding modifiers can affect payment and bundling rules for your claims, but did you know modifiers are on the radar for Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs), too? Here are some of the recently added audit issues that have links to modifier use. Quick background: Medicare’s RAC program is used to identify […]

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Get the Latest Vaping Coding Guidance From ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines

28. October 2019

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You now have authoritative guidance on ICD-10-CM coding for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI). One thing you’ll learn: There may be new codes on the way to provide additional detail. December 2020 update: There will be a new ICD-10-CM code for vaping-related disorder, effective April 1, 2020. More information will be […]

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Here’s Where to Turn When Coding for Chest Pain

24. October 2019

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A lot of primary care physicians and specialists see patients presenting with chest pain. In many cases, the provider may not be able to confirm a more specific diagnosis for the encounter. To ensure you’re coding this symptom correctly, follow these pointers on ICD-10-CM coding for chest pain. Use Both the Index and Tabular List […]

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Welcome ICD-10-CM 2020! Do You Know the Code Set’s Secret Language?

3. October 2019

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As of Oct. 1, we are officially applying the 2020 ICD-10-CM code set. Get your diagnosis coding year off to a good start by refreshing your knowledge of some of the not-always-obvious terms essential to accurate claims: NEC, NOS, and, with. If you want full details, check Section I. A of the FY2020 “ICD-10-CM Official […]

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ICD-10-CM: 3 Official Tips for More Accurate COPD Coding

26. September 2019

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ICD-10-CM 2020 is bringing a small change to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) code J44.0, making it a good time to refresh your knowledge of the guidelines that apply to coding for this disease (or group of diseases, if you want to be precise!). 1. Understand the Change to J44.0 To start, let’s take a […]

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Top 10 ICD-10-CM Official Guideline Updates for 2020

19. August 2019

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The FY2020 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (OGs) are available now so you can prepare for the 2020 diagnosis code changes and rule changes at the same time. Some revisions involved adding a missing word that was already obvious from context, so we won’t cover every change here. But this overview will give […]

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Part 3: Cross the ICD-10-CM 2020 Update Finish Line With Chapters 18-21

10. July 2019

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Feeling energized for the last post in our ICD-10-CM 2020 update blog marathon? Today we’ll wrap up our overview of the main changes in each chapter of the diagnosis code set by covering symptoms, fractures, and more. Read Part 1 for news about Chapters 1-10 and Part 2 for Chapters 11-17. Chapter 18: Pick Up […]

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Part 2: Tackle ICD-10-CM 2020 Updates for Chapters 11-17

8. July 2019

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You know the highlights of ICD-10-CM 2020 updates for Chapters 1-10 from our last blog post. Now let’s dig in to some of the big points from Chapters 11-17. We’ll wrap up with Chapters 18-21 in Part 3. Remember: These updates are effective Oct. 1, 2019. Be sure your ICD-10-CM resource has the latest codes […]

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