Medical Challenges

Coding for Heatstroke and SIRS With Kidney Failure in ICD-10-CM
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Coding for Heatstroke and SIRS With Kidney Failure in ICD-10-CM

The Coding Challenge Question: A 29-year-old male is admitted for treatment of heatstroke after playing volleyball on the beach for many hours. The final diagnosis is heatstroke and SIRS with acute kidney failure. Assign for ICD-10-CM. A. R65.11, T67.01XA, N18.9, Y93.13B. T67.01XA, A41.9, N17.8, Y93.68C. R65.10, N17.9, T67.01XA, Y93.13D. T67.01XA, R65.11, N17.9, Y93.68 Answer:D. T67.01XA,…

Excising External Hemorrhoids CPT: Check Your Knowledge
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Excising External Hemorrhoids CPT: Check Your Knowledge

** This post was reviewed and updated on December 17, 2023. ** The Coding Challenge Question: A 38-year-old female with a history of discomfort due to external hemorrhoids and intermittent bleeding is seen today with a complaint of an external hemorrhoid. She previously had a colonoscopy, and the results came back normal. The patient is…

What Is a Knee Arthroscopy? Medical Terminology Challenge
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What Is a Knee Arthroscopy? Medical Terminology Challenge

Show what you know by taking the multiple-choice Medical Terminology Challenge below related to a knee arthroscopy. Select the best answer and then compare your answer to the answer and rationale provided. Medical Terminology Challenge – Knee Arthroscopy Question: What is a knee arthroscopy? A. A surgical procedure used to replace the knee’s damaged or…

Knee Replacement Surgery Coding Challenge
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Knee Replacement Surgery Coding Challenge

The Coding Challenge Question: Patient with a long history of rheumatoid arthritis is admitted for a total knee replacement of both knees. The patient has significant bilateral knee joint pain, stiffness, and loss of function. Assign the CPT code(s). A. 27447, 27447-50B. 27446-50C. 27447-51D. 27487-RT, 27487-LT Answer: A. 27447, 27447-50 The patient is having a…

Scaphocephaly and its Treatment Coding Challenge
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Scaphocephaly and its Treatment Coding Challenge

The Coding Challenge Question: A 4-month-old boy presented to the outpatient clinic with an atypical head shape. After a physical examination and preoperative scanning images, a diagnosis of sagittal synostosis (scaphocephaly) was confirmed. A neurosurgeon and plastic surgeon worked as co-surgeons to treat the condition using an endoscopic-assisted craniectomy technique. A week following surgery, the…