Brush Up on CPT and ICD-10-CM Codes for a Screening Colonoscopy With Polyp Removal

This coding exercise explains the definition of a screening colonoscopy, appropriate use of modifier 33, and the specific CPT and ICD-10-CM codes assigned for the screening colonoscopy with polyp removal by snare.  ICD-10-CM and CPT coding for preventive screening exam in a non-medicare patient Question:  A 60-year-old female patient presents to the…This coding exercise explains the definition of a screening colonoscopy, appropriate use of modifier 33, and the specific CPT and ICD-10-CM codes assigned for the screening colonoscopy with polyp removal by snare.  Question:  A 60-year-old female patient presents to...

Possible Brain Herniation May Require Ventricular Puncture

Brain herniation is a serious and often fatal problem that requires immediate medical care. Therefore, when a patient presents with possible brain herniation, a surgeon may elect to perform a ventricular puncture to drain cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).  CPT coding for ventricular puncture for cerebrospinal drainage Question:  Patient is…Brain herniation is a serious and often fatal problem that requires immediate medical care. Therefore, when a patient presents with possible brain herniation, a surgeon may elect to perform a ventricular puncture to drain cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).  Question:  Patient...

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect In Medical Coding

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Practice Makes Perfect.”  Well, I’m here to tell you that practice does not make perfect. Instead, “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect,” according to Vince Lombardi. And that goes for just about anything. Hence, Perfect Practice Makes…We’ve all heard the phrase, “Practice Makes Perfect.”  Well, I’m here to tell you that practice does not make perfect. Instead, “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect,” according to Vince Lombardi. And that goes for just about anything....

7 Benefits of Medical Crossword Puzzles

Do you want to get more from your medical coding education? You can learn more while having fun with medical crossword puzzles. Medical Crossword Puzzles Learning doesn’t have to put you to sleep. There is no question that medical coding…Do you want to get more from your medical coding education? You can learn more while having fun with medical crossword puzzles. Medical Crossword Puzzles Learning doesn’t have to put you to sleep. There is no question that medical coding…

Making Assumptions About Hypertension and Heart Disease

If you understand the coding guidelines involving causal relationships and the word “with” in the Alphabetic Index of the ICD-10-CM coding manual, making assumptions about hypertension and heart disease should not be difficult. stethoscope with sphygmomanometer used to diagnose hypertensive heart failure Question:  Patient has congestive heart failure due…If you understand the coding guidelines involving causal relationships and the word “with” in the Alphabetic Index of the ICD-10-CM coding manual, making assumptions about hypertension and heart disease should not be difficult. Question:  Patient has...