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ICD-10-CM 2019: Here’s What You Need to Know About Appendicitis, Screenings, and Blepharitis

30. July 2018

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ICD-10-CM 2019 implementation is just a couple of months away. The effective date, Oct. 1, 2018, is coming our way fast. Here are some interesting tidbits from our TCI Coding Alerts on the 2019 diagnosis code updates for appendicitis, screenings, and eye care to help you prepare. Bonus tip: The 2019 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for […]

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Make Heart Failure Coding a Cinch With These Documentation Tips

18. July 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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Will You Ace This Gynecology Cervical-Health Coding Quiz?

16. July 2018

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Knowing uterine and cervical anatomy, and the difference between conization and biopsy will go a long way toward helping you with loop electrode excision procedure (LEEP) claims and other gynecology claims. This quiz helps give you a check up on terms and procedures. Read the Questions Here You’ve got two options for this quiz. If […]

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3 Fast Tips to Improve Nerve Conduction Study Coding

12. July 2018

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Clinicians use nerve conduction studies (NCS) to assess peripheral nerve function. Here are three pointers that are essential to accurate NCS coding. 1. Know Where to Find NCS Codes Let’s start simple. You can’t report nerve conduction studies if you don’t know where to find the codes, so here they are. You choose the correct […]

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

9. July 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

27. June 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

22. June 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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3 Times Anesthesia Coders Should NOT Report +99140

29. May 2018

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When a payer reimburses for +99140 (Anesthesia complicated by emergency conditions (specify) …), you don’t want to miss legitimate opportunities to report that code. But knowing what qualifies as emergency conditions is a common stumbling block. Don’t let these three common pitfalls ruin your anesthesia coding accuracy. 1. When Delay Is Documented for the ‘Emergency’ […]

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

25. May 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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2 Knee Arthroscopy Myths You Need to Bust Right Now

23. May 2018

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There are a lot of possible variations for knee arthroscopy services, so you’ve got to know where to go for help on coding them. Make sure your knee arthroscopy claims don’t fall victim to these two error-causing myths! Follow the guidance in the Correct Coding Initiative manual. Myth: Report G0289 Along With 29880/29881 for Chondroplasty […]

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