Be Careful of Nonvenomous Marine Animals in ICD-10-CM

When a person comes in contact with a nonvenomous marine animal and sustains injuries, there should be an external cause code for it, right? There probably is, but we need to...
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Coding For Pectoralis Major Muscle Tears In ICD-10

Coding for pectoralis major muscle tears In ICD-10 is not difficult once you understand that a pectoral major muscle tear is classified as a strain and that the pectoral major...
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ICD-10-CM Coding for Social Determinants of Health (Z55-Z65)

Coding for social determinants of health (Z55-Z65) can be quite challenging. Learn about these potential health hazards, how to code for them in ICD-10-CM, and the coding...
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Identify Hypothermia and Correctly Report Diagnoses in ICD-10-CM

Learn how to identify hypothermia and assign the appropriate ICD-10-CM codes here. My Uncle Jim lives in Maine where the winters get exceptionally cold. Last year he needed to save some money, so he turned his heat down to 62 degrees. That decision almost cost him his...

Coding For Multiple E/M Services and an Injection

How strong are you at coding for multiple E/M services? Test your knowledge and see if you can determine the right way to code this scenario. Hint: There are CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-10-CM codes needed.      Question:  A 51-year old female patient is seen for a follow-up...

Making Assumptions About Hypertension and Heart Disease in ICD-10-CM

If you understand the FY 2021 ICD-10-CM coding guidelines involving causal relationships and the word "with" in the Alphabetic Index of the ICD-10-CM coding manual, coding for hypertension and heart disease in ICD-10-CM should not be difficult. Question:  Patient has...

Glasgow Coma Scale Coding in ICD-10-CM: Change For FY 2021

A change took effect related to Glasgow coma scale coding in ICD-10-CM for FY 2021. This post has been updated to reflect the change. What is the Glasgow Coma Scale? The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is a scoring system used by medical practitioners to...

Taking the Pain Out of Gunshot Wounds in ICD-10

Coding for gunshot wounds in ICD-10 begins with knowing that a gunshot wound is more than an "open wound." What is a Gunshot Wound? Basically, a gunshot wound is physical trauma caused by a firearm. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines a firearm-related...

Master ICD-10-CM Codes by the Chapter Letters (FY 2021)

Did you know there is a way to master ICD-10-CM codes by the chapter letters? Obviously, there is no way to remember all of the codes in ICD-10-CM, especially since there are 72,616 of them. There is a strategy, however, that you can use that will get you into the...