Medical Terminology Colors: Take the Challenge

Do you know your medical terminology colors? Take the challenge to find out. The only person who shall shape your future is you. Good luck! An abnormal dark brown or brown-black...
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CPT Coding for Psychotherapy for Gender Dysphoria

This post was originally published on June 27, 2018, and updated on February 6, 2020. In this coding scenario, you will learn one patient's experience with gender dysphoria and...
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9 Fundamental Differences Between Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor – Critical to ICD-10 Coding

This post was originally published on April 16, 2019, and updated on January 29, 2020. In this post, we discuss nine fundamental differences between Parkinson's disease and...
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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 fact,...

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...