Pleural Mesothelioma And Its Treatment Options

Pleural mesothelioma is a disease I care so much about, because I lost my brother to this horrible disease. Hopefully, by sharing my family's personal story and the CPT codes...
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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...
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Best Treatment Options For Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis? The "best" treatment for rheumatoid arthritis may depend on the specific results the patient and his/her physicians hope to...
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Take the Anxiety Out of Coding For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This post was originally published on September 28, 2018, and updated on January 24, 2020. Coding for post-traumatic stress disorder should not cause too much anxiety once you know these 3 things: Know what to look for in the documentation, such as whether the...

5 Head-Spinning Facts About Vestibular Disorders

ICD-10-CM codes for vestibular function disorders are located in Chapter 8. Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H80-H83). Once you understand some important facts about vestibular disorders and how the vestibular system works, abstracting pertinent information...

Coding for Signs and Symptoms: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Coding For Signs and Symptoms of Love Are you aware that being in love can cause physical symptoms? It's true. Being in love can cause physical symptoms. And ICD-10-CM coding for signs and symptoms is necessary when there is no definitive diagnosis.   But how can...

Master ICD-10-CM Codes by the Chapter Letters

There are way too many ICD-10-CM codes to remember them all. In fact, there are 72,184 codes to be exact. But did you know there is a strategy you can use that will get you into the right ballpark, so to speak? In this post, I'll explain how to master ICD-10-CM codes...

12 ICD-10-CM Codes for the Holiday Season

The holidays can be such a wonderful time of the year for so many people. It's all about family gatherings, traditions, and religion. But it can also be the most difficult time of the year for many people. Between end-of-the-year deadlines, loss of a loved one, family...

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...