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 […]

ICD-10-CM Coding for Hemorrhoids Simplified

Learn the different types of hemorrhoids, symptoms, causes, complications, how a diagnosis is made, and facts about coding for hemorrhoids in ICD-10-CM. Three coding examples are also provided to test your knowledge. What Are Hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids, or piles, are swollen and inflamed veins found around the anus or in the lower rectum. They are similar […]

Medical Terminology Colors: Take the Challenge

Do you know your medical terminology colors? Take the challenge to find out. The only person who shall shape your future is you. Good luck! An abnormal dark brown or brown-black pigmentation that occurs in such structures as the skin, hair, or vascular membrane of the eye. Poliomyelitis Cyanosis Erythrocyte Melanosis Answer: D. Melanosis All […]