Tag Archive | "ICD-10-CM"

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

Thursday, April 18, 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

Monday, April 15, 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!

Thursday, March 28, 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

Thursday, February 21, 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

Monday, February 18, 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

Thursday, December 13, 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

Thursday, November 29, 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

Tuesday, November 27, 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

Thursday, October 25, 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!

Tuesday, October 23, 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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