Diagnosis Coding for Urinary Tract Infections in ICD-10

A patient sees her physician due to a burning feeling when she urinates and an increased urge to urinate. Could she have a urinary tract infection? Possibly, in which case, there...
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Pericarditis Coding Tips in ICD-10-CM

Inflammation in the body is the body's way of responding to an infection or injury. When an area of the body, such as the pericardium, becomes inflamed, it can lead to major...
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Strengthen Your Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty Coding Skills

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty coding begins with knowing how and why these procedures are performed, how they differ, and what to look for in the provider's documentation before...
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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...