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 in an awkward position and sometimes the pillow […]

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. External Cause Code for […]

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 conflicts, divorce, and loneliness, the holidays can be […]

Identify Hypothermia and Correctly Report Diagnoses in ICD-10-CM

Learn how to identify hypothermia and assign the appropriate ICD-10-CM codes here. My Uncle Jim lives in Maine where the winters get exceptionally cold. Last year he needed to save some money, so he turned his heat down to 62 degrees. That decision almost cost him his life. When Uncle Jim’s daughter, my cousin Julie, […]