Type 1 STEMI and Type 2 MI

Answer:   D. I21.A1, I21.11 First of all, it’s important to know what these acronyms stand for: STEMI is the acronym for an ST elevation myocardial infarction.  MI is short for myocardial infarction and is also known as a heart attack. The documentation indicates that both myocardial infarctions (MIs) were treated within 4 weeks of […]

Knee Replacement Surgery

  Answer:   A. 27447, 27447-50 The patient is having a total knee replacement, also known as a total knee arthroplasty, in bilateral knees. Locate and Verify In the Alphabetic Index, look under Arthroplasty, knee, 27437-27447, 29879. You can also start by looking up Replacement, prosthetic, knee, 27447. In the Tabular, we can verify the […]

Excising External Hemorrhoids

Answer:   D. 46320 The documentation indicates the hemorrhoid is external, and it has thrombosed (filled with blood clots). Although external hemorrhoids do not often cause symptoms, a thrombosed hemorrhoid can become painful and tender and require treatment. In this case, an excision of the hemorrhoid was performed. Locate and Verify In the CPT coding […]

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 […]

Incision and Drainage of Pilonidal Cyst

Answer: C. 10080 10080, Incision and drainage of pilonidal cyst; simple The sacrococcygeal region refers to the sacrum and coccyx (tailbone). A pilondal cyst is a skin condition that is most often found in the sacrococcygeal region. This is the cleft between the buttocks below the base of the spine. You can learn more about pilonidal cysts and how to report […]