Difference Between Parkinsonism and Parkinson’s Disease (with ICD-10 Coding)

If a person has parkinsonism, does that mean he or she has Parkinson’s disease? Likewise, if a person has Parkinson’s disease, does that mean he or she has parkinsonism? These...
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Dizziness, Vertigo, and Imbalance – 5 Head Spinning Facts About Vestibular Disorders

Dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance problems are common symptoms reported by patients to their physicians, and the cause is often a vestibular disorder. In fact, according to...
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What Does a Cardiologist Do (and Not Do)? Learn the Truth

What is a cardiologist, and what does a cardiologist do? Is it a doctor who hands out cards? No, not exactly. Okay, NO, not at all! The truth is, a cardiologist is a physician...
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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 tenderness or pain in the muscles; my/o means muscle; -algia means pain and suffering.  Pain is...

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 explain sacral neuromodulation /stimulation coding for this scenario.    Question:  A...

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...