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 support you. Someone you can talk…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 support you. Someone you can talk…

Do You Know the Difference Between Craniotomy and Craniectomy?

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 a craniotomy and craniectomy. What…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 a craniotomy and craniectomy....

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. Craniotomy and craniectomy and the supratentorial region of the brain Question:  A patient suffers an extradural hematoma in the supratentorial region of the brain, and the neurosurgeon performs a craniotomy to…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 supratentorial region of the brain, and the neurosurgeon performs a craniotomy...

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.    …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

A healthy joint and a joint with rheumatoid arthritis 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 normally protects…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. As a medical coder or medical coding student, it is important to know how to code for multiple evaluation and management (E/M) services and when to use Modifier 25. In this coding scenario, with answer and rationale, I share how to assign the appropriate CPT and ICD-10-CM codes related to seronegative rheumatoid arthritis, injection of methylprednisolone acetate in the right knee, and pain due to suspected secondary osteoarthritis. Question:  A 51-year old female patient is seen for a follow-up visit for…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...