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 […]

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 […]

Office Visit for an Ankle Sprain

Answer: D. 99203, S93.491A CPT (99203) To locate the correct E/M code, we can look in the CPT coding manual Index under Outpatient services, new patient, 99201-99205. In the Tabular, 99203 can be verified as an office visit for the evaluation and management of a new patient, requiring a detailed history, detailed examination, and a […]

Heatstroke, SIRS, and Acute Kidney Failure

Answer: D. T67.0XXA, R65.11, N17.9 The diagnoses are specified as heatstroke and SIRS with acute kidney failure. To locate heatstroke in the ICD-10-CM coding manual, look up Heat (effects), stroke T67.0. Verifying this code in the Tabular, T67.0 Heatstroke and sunstroke also refers to: Heat apoplexy Heat pyrexia Siriasis Thermoplegia See the instructional note at […]

Free ICD-10-CM Coding Challenge: Swimmer’s Ear

Take the Free ICD-10-CM Coding Challenge below and test your medical coding skills on swimmer’s ear. Then check your answer against the answer and rationale provided. I’m pulling for you!! Not your ear though. I won’t pull your infected ear because that would hurt. 😉 Answer: C. H60.331 Diagnosis – Swimmer’s Ear Swimmer’s ear, another […]