Difference Between Parkinsonism and Parkinson’s Disease (with ICD-10 Coding)

If a person has parkinsonism, does that mean he or she has Parkinson’s disease? Likewise, if a person has Parkinson’s disease, does that mean he or she has parkinsonism? These...
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Dizziness, Vertigo, and Imbalance – 5 Head Spinning Facts About Vestibular Disorders

Dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance problems are common symptoms reported by patients to their physicians, and the cause is often a vestibular disorder. In fact, according to...
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What Does a Cardiologist Do (and Not Do)? Learn the Truth

What is a cardiologist, and what does a cardiologist do? Is it a doctor who hands out cards? No, not exactly. Okay, NO, not at all! The truth is, a cardiologist is a physician...
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Do You Know the Difference Between Craniotomy and Craniectomy?

Some people might say it’s all in your head. And it might be. But as it relates to medicine, there are ways to find out. Two procedures performed on the skull or brain are called a craniotomy and craniectomy. What are they and how are they different, you ask? ...

Select the Most Specific CPT Code for a Craniotomy to Evacuate a Hematoma

Selecting the most specific CPT code for a craniotomy to evacuate a hematoma comes down to the documentation, where the hematoma is located, and the approach taken to treat it. Question:  A patient suffers an extradural hematoma in the supratentorial region of the...

Rheumatoid Arthritis And Its Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy tissue that...

Coding For Multiple E/M Services With the Use of Modifier 25

In this coding exercise, you will learn about CPT coding for multiple E/M services with the use of modifier 25, as well as CPT/HCPCS and ICD-10 codes related to rheumatoid arthritis and a joint injection.  Question:  A 51-year old female patient is seen for a...

3 Reasons To Know Medical Terminology

Scratching your head over Medical Terminology? Learn 3 reasons why medical coders need to know medical terminology.   Having a strong grasp of medical terminology is not just for physicians and nurses. Medical coders and billers need to understand it as well. In...

When Pigs Fly Doesn’t Matter To Your Success in Medical Coding

It’s really true! When Pigs Fly Doesn't Matter To Your Success in Medical Coding. Success is all about failing until you make the impossible possible!  We have all had self-doubt, and we have taken breaks from our studying when we probably shouldn’t have so we could...

Depression With Anxiety and Thoughts of Suicide in ICD-10

Depression can be a big problem in not only adults but in children and adolescents as well. This coding scenario involves assigning the appropriate codes for depression with anxiety and thoughts of suicide in ICD-10.  Question:  A 16-year-old male who has been seeing...