Be Careful of Nonvenomous Marine Animals in ICD-10-CM

When a person comes in contact with a nonvenomous marine animal and sustains injuries, there should be an external cause code for it, right? There probably is, but we need to...
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Coding For Pectoralis Major Muscle Tears In ICD-10

Coding for pectoralis major muscle tears In ICD-10 is not difficult once you understand that a pectoral major muscle tear is classified as a strain and that the pectoral major...
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ICD-10-CM Coding for Social Determinants of Health (Z55-Z65)

Coding for social determinants of health (Z55-Z65) can be quite challenging. Learn about these potential health hazards, how to code for them in ICD-10-CM, and the coding...
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Diagnosis Coding for Urinary Tract Infections in ICD-10

A patient sees her physician due to a burning feeling when she urinates and an increased urge to urinate. Could she have a urinary tract infection? Possibly, in which case, there are certain guidelines that a medical coder must adhere to when coding for urinary tract...

Pericarditis Coding Tips in ICD-10-CM

Inflammation in the body is the body's way of responding to an infection or injury. When an area of the body, such as the pericardium, becomes inflamed, it can lead to major diseases. Here you will learn facts about the disease, as well as pericarditis coding tips in...

Strengthen Your Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty Coding Skills

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty coding begins with knowing how and why these procedures are performed, how they differ, and what to look for in the provider's documentation before assigning the appropriate CPT codes. It also important to have a good understanding of...

Coding For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Remove the Anxiety

3 Things to Know When Coding for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Coding for post-traumatic stress disorder should not cause too much anxiety once you know these 3 things: Know what to look for in the documentation, such as whether the condition is acute or chronic....

Coding For Encounter Following an Accident and Its External Causes

When a person has an accident, such as a fall while sleeping, and there are no injuries, the encounter following an accident and its external causes needs to be reported. Have you ever been injured while sleeping? I asked myself that question. Sure, yes, I have slept...

Bertha Guilty: External Cause Code for Bitten By Cow

Have you been gnawed on lately by Bertha or her sister? These girls can be brutal! And if you had to see a doctor about it, a medical coder may have assigned an external cause code for bitten by cow. This code would help tell the story of the primary diagnosis....

14 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...