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Possible Brain Herniation May Require Ventricular Puncture
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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).  Question:  Patient is brought to the operating room with possible brain herniation. The surgeon performs a ventricular puncture…

Understanding Medicare and Its Different Parts

Understanding Medicare and Its Different Parts

Medical coders need to follow the coding guidelines and any instructions from third-party payers. This includes understanding Medicare and its different parts.  Providers are usually reimbursed by third-party payers in support of the individuals that the entity insures. The two main types of payers are commercial and government plans.  Commercial insurance plans, such as HMOs,…

Understanding Gender Dysphoria and Gender Reassignment Procedures

Understanding Gender Dysphoria and Gender Reassignment Procedures

Being stuck in a body that doesn’t seem to fit is not all that unusual these days. Therefore, understanding gender dysphoria and gender reassignment procedures is necessary to correct coding.   What is Gender Dysphoria? Gender Dysphoria (formerly known as gender identity disorder) and transgender are terms used to describe a strong, persistent feeling of discomfort in…