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 […]

CPT Coding for Psychotherapy for Gender Dysphoria

This post was originally published on June 27, 2018, and updated on February 6, 2020. In this coding scenario, you will learn one patient’s experience with gender dysphoria and how to assign the correct CPT code for psychotherapy for gender dysphoria based on who was involved in the counseling and how much face-to-face time was […]

9 Fundamental Differences Between Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor

Similarities and Differences Between Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor  Parkinson’s disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET) are both movement disorders, with essential tremor being about eight times more common than Parkinson’s disease. Although they are similar disorders, there are many differences between them.   Similarities  One of the main symptoms of both PD and ET is […]