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

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...
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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...
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Answer For Week of Jan. 14, 2019

In this coding exercise, you will learn about coding for a craniotomy, using CPT. Answer and rationale are provided. Question:  A patient suffers an extradural hematoma in the...
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Coding Exercise, Week of Jan. 14, 2019

Question:  A patient suffers an extradural hematoma in the supratentorial region of the brain, and the neurosurgeon performs a craniotomy to evacuate it. What CPT code should be assigned for this procedure? Answer and rationale.  ...

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...

Answer For Week of Dec. 17, 2018

In this coding exercise, you will learn about coding for multiple E/M services and appending modifier 25, using CPT and ICD-10-CM codes. Answer and rationale are provided. Question:  A 51-year old female patient is seen for a follow-up visit for her seronegative...

Coding Exercise, Week of Dec. 17, 2018

Question:  A 51-year old female patient is seen for a follow-up visit for her seronegative rheumatoid arthritis that is affecting multiple sites. There is no organ or systems involvement. The physician performed a detailed history and examination, and the medical...

3 Reasons To Know Medical Terminology

Scratching your head over Medical Terminology? Learn 3 reasons why medical coders need to know medical terminology.   Having a strong grasp of medical terminology is not just for physicians and nurses. Medical coders and billers need to understand it as well. In...

Answer For Week of Nov. 12, 2018

Question:  A 16-year-old male who has been seeing his physician for anxiety and depression for a few years has become highly depressed and is refusing to get out of bed when he is not in school. His symptoms include crying, insomnia, decreased appetite and weight...