9 Fundamental Differences Between Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor

Parkinson’s disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET) are both movement disorders, with essential tremor being about eight times more common than Parkinson’s disease. Although they...
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Can You Name That Medical Term Ending in algia?

Which of these medical terms refers to muscle pain including a dull aching sensation in the muscle? Cephalgia Myalgia Neuralgia Arthralgia Answer = B. Myalgia Myalgia is...
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Sacral Neuromodulation /Stimulation Procedure Coding

Knowing the correct CPT code for a neurostimulator procedure can be tricky if you don't know the staged procedures and temporary vs. permanent placement. Follow along and I'll...
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Best Treatment Options For Rheumatoid Arthritis

In a previous blog post, I talked about Rheumatoid Arthritis And Its Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis. In this post, however, I discuss the best treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis. And what is "best" (according to my research) depends on the specific results...

3 ICD-10 Codes To Know If You’re in Love — And Even If You’re Not

We’ve all been there, or at least most of us have. We find someone who causes our heart to flutter, our body to sweat, and a feeling of not being able to get enough air.  Yes, it's true. Being in love can cause physical symptoms.  Your brain sends a signal to your...

What You Should Know About PAM and Why PAM Is Not Your Friend

You know what they say about choosing your friends wisely. A friend should be someone you can rely on and will support you. Someone you can talk to and will give you their honest opinion. Well, PAM is anything but that. The only thing you can rely on PAM for is to...

Do You Know the Difference Between Craniotomy and Craniectomy?

Some people might say it’s all in your head. And it might be. But as it relates to medicine, there are ways to find out. Two procedures performed on the skull or brain are called a craniotomy and craniectomy. What are they and how are they different, you ask? ...

Select the Most Specific CPT Code for a Craniotomy to Evacuate a Hematoma

Selecting the most specific CPT code for a craniotomy to evacuate a hematoma comes down to the documentation, where the hematoma is located, and the approach taken to treat it. Question:  A patient suffers an extradural hematoma in the supratentorial region of the...

Rheumatoid Arthritis And Its Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy tissue that...