External Cause Codes: Bite From the Angry Dog

When that angry little neighbor dog decides to take a bite out of someone’s child, and you are a medical coder, you will need to be able to assign the correct code. This coding scenario involves external cause codes and the bite from the angry dog. Question: A 7-year-old girl was playing yesterday with her next-door […]

Coding and Sequencing of Neoplasm-Related Pain

Coding and sequencing of neoplasm-related pain is based on the medical documentation and the ICD-10-CM coding guidelines. Question: A 58-year-old female patient presents with malignant neoplasm of the left breast with metastasis to the liver. She is seen to control the severe pain of the liver metastasis. Assign the first-listed or principal diagnosis code. Answer: G89.3, […]

What is ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS?

ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS If you are new to medical coding, you may not know what these acronyms mean. I certainly had no idea until I started my medical coding courses. In order to become a proficient medical coder, you will not only need to have a thorough knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy, […]