ICD-10-CM Coding for Hemorrhoids Simplified

In this post, you will learn the different types of hemorrhoids, symptoms, causes, complications, how a diagnosis is made, and facts about coding for hemorrhoids in ICD-10-CM....
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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...
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CPT Coding for Psychotherapy for Gender Dysphoria

This post was originally published on June 27, 2018, and updated on February 6, 2020. In this coding scenario, you will learn one patient's experience with gender dysphoria and...
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Glasgow Coma Scale Coding in ICD-10-CM

What is the Glasgow Coma Scale? The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is a scoring system used by medical practitioners to describe the level of consciousness in a person following a traumatic brain injury. It is based on a 15-point scale and is used by trained staff at the...

Diagnosis Coding For Pilonidal Cysts Need Not Be Painful

When diagnosis coding for pilonidal cysts, be sure to look at the documentation to determine if the cyst is with or without an abscess.  A pilonidal cyst is an abnormal pocket in the skin that is usually found near the tailbone at the top of the cleft of the...

Skin Lesions and Biopsy Procedures: Making a Diagnosis

In a previous article, we discussed actinic keratosis, the most common type of precancer, or premalignant lesion. Today we are taking a step back to look at skin lesions and biopsy procedures to make a diagnosis. Skin lesions are quite common and the effects of sun...

Actinic Keratosis and Coding For Its Removal

In this post, you will learn all about actinic keratosis and coding for its removal. The symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment are discussed. Furthermore, a coding example with step-by-step instructions is provided to show you how to select the right ICD-10-CM...

Parkinson’s and Deep Brain Neurostimulator Coding in CPT

If any disease will cause you to slow down and appreciate life, it's Parkinson's disease. Someone I care about was recently diagnosed with an early stage of Parkinson's and it has been really hard to watch his daily struggles. I hope this article gives you a better...

Medical Terminology Challenge: Otitis Media

Use your knowledge to take the multiple-choice Medical Terminology Challenge on otitis media. Select the best answer and then compare your answer to the answer and rationale provided. Which of the following statements are true as they relate to otitis...

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. ;)...