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 […]