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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

Metastatic Prostate Cancer to the Lungs and Which is Principal?  

When assigning and sequencing neoplasm codes in this scenario for metastatic prostate cancer to the lungs, you will need to know and apply the ICD-10-CM coding guidelines. Question:  A 67-year-old male patient with primary prostate cancer with metastasis to the left...