Dizziness, Vertigo, and Imbalance – 5 Head Spinning Facts About Vestibular Disorders

This post was originally published on May 20, 2019, and updated on January 21, 2020. In this article, you will learn 5 head-spinning facts about vestibular disorders, how the...
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3 ICD-10 Codes To Know If You’re in Love — And Even If You’re Not

This post was originally published on February 9, 2019, and updated on January 21, 2020. In this article, you will learn about three ICD-10-CM codes to know if you're in love...
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Master ICD-10-CM Codes by the Chapter Letters

There are way too many ICD-10-CM codes to remember them all. In fact, there are 72,184 codes to be exact. But did you know there is a strategy you can use that will get you into...
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12 ICD-10-CM Codes for the Holiday Season

The holidays can be such a wonderful time of the year for so many people. It's all about family gatherings, traditions, and religion. But it can also be the most difficult time of the year for many people. Between end-of-the-year deadlines, loss of a loved one, family...

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 traumatic brain injury. It is based on a 15-point scale and is used by trained staff at the...

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 the skin that is usually found near the tailbone at the top of the cleft of the...

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 biopsy procedures to make a diagnosis. Skin lesions are quite common and the effects of sun...

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...