Taking the Pain Out of Gunshot Wounds in ICD-10

Coding for gunshot wounds in ICD-10 begins with knowing that a gunshot wound is more than an “open wound.” What is a Gunshot Wound? Basically, a gunshot wound is physical trauma caused by a firearm. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines a firearm-related injury as “a gunshot wound or penetrating injury from a weapon […]

Best Treatment Options For Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis? The “best” treatment for rheumatoid arthritis may depend on the specific results the patient and his/her physicians hope to achieve. Is the goal to relieve the symptoms? To slow down or stop the disease progression and prevent joint or organ damage? Goals of Treatment There have been […]

Coding For Multiple E/M Services and an Injection

How strong are you at coding for multiple E/M services? Test your knowledge and see if you can determine the right way to code this scenario. Hint: There are CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-10-CM codes needed.      Question:  A 51-year old female patient is seen for a follow-up visit for her seronegative rheumatoid arthritis that […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis in ICD-10-CM: It’s All in the Joints

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. This disease occurs when a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy tissue that normally protects the body from outside harm, such as bacteria and viruses. Permanent damage to the bone […]