Glasgow Coma Scale Coding in ICD-10-CM

What is the Glasgow Coma Scale? The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is a scoring system used by medical practitioners to describe the level of consciousness in a person following a...
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Diagnosis Coding For Pilonidal Cysts Need Not Be Painful

When diagnosis coding for pilonidal cysts, be sure to look at the documentation to determine if the cyst is with or without an abscess.  A pilonidal cyst is an abnormal pocket in...
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Skin Lesions and Biopsy Procedures: Making a Diagnosis

In a previous article, we discussed actinic keratosis, the most common type of precancer, or premalignant lesion. Today we are taking a step back to look at skin lesions and...
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Actinic Keratosis and Coding For Its Removal

In this post, you will learn all about actinic keratosis and coding for its removal. The symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment are discussed. Furthermore, a coding example with step-by-step instructions is provided to show you how to select the right ICD-10-CM...

Parkinson’s and Deep Brain Neurostimulator Coding in CPT

If any disease will cause you to slow down and appreciate life, it's Parkinson's disease. Someone I care about was recently diagnosed with an early stage of Parkinson's and it has been really hard to watch his daily struggles. I hope this article gives you a better...

Medical Terminology Challenge: Otitis Media

Use your knowledge to take the multiple-choice Medical Terminology Challenge below related to otitis media. Select the best answer and then compare your answer to the answer and rationale provided. Which of the following statements are true as they relate to otitis...

Free ICD-10-CM Coding Challenge: Swimmer’s Ear

Take the Free ICD-10-CM Coding Challenge below and test your medical coding skills on swimmer's ear. Then check your answer against the answer and rationale provided. I'm pulling for you!! Not your ear though. I won't pull your infected ear because that would hurt. ;)...