Diabetes Mellitus

  Answer: B. E11.9, E66.01, Z68.41 Locate and Verify Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes mellitus codes are combination codes that include the type of diabetes mellitus, the body system affected, and the complications affecting that body system. In the Alphabetic Index, look up Diabetic, type 2  E11.9. Then go to this code in the Tabular. We […]

Medical Terminology Challenge: Excessive Hunger

Which of the following medical terms means excessive hunger? A. Hyperglycemia B. Polydipsia C. Dysphagia D. Polyphagia Answer: D. Polyphagia Polyphagia, also known as hyperphagia, is pronounced pol-ee-FAY-jee-ah, and is excessive or extreme hunger. Broken down into its word parts, poly- means many; -phagia means eating.   Unlike the increased appetite that may occur after physical […]

Exploration and Repair of a Knife Wound

Answer: A. 20102 As discussed in my article on gunshot wounds, a gunshot wound is a penetrating wound or a puncture wound. It is also a traumatic wound. A stab wound also fits into this category. According to the documentation provided in this coding challenge, the patient received a penetrating knife wound to the upper abdomen, […]

What is an ABN?

A. All of the above B. 2 and 3 C. 1, 3, and 4 D. 1, 2, and 4 Answer: C. 1, 3, and 4 The following statements are true: 1. An ABN (Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-coverage) refers to a standardized form that explains to the patient why Medicare may deny a certain procedure. […]

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 […]