July is National Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CIC, CPC-I, explains the differences between the many different types of juvenile arthritis in order to help coders report the disease correctly.
In ICD-10-CM, defining, diagnosing, and documenting the various forms of altered mental status and their underlying causes remains an ongoing challenge for physicians and their facilities, according to James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP .
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is encouraging providers to decrease the number of cesarean section deliveries. According to Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, COBGC, CHDA, this means coders should brush up on their knowledge of how to code fetal intervention procedures for babies who are in a breech position.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP , writes that if a payer has criteria that differs from that of the provider or the facility, Recovery Auditors can deny ICD-10-CM/PCS codes they deem not to fit these criteria. Kennedy gives solutions for coding compliance for conditions such as sepsis, coma, and encephalopathy.
Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week began on Mother’s Day and aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of substance abuse during pregnancy. In honor of this awareness week, Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CIC, CPC-I , discusses fetal alcohol syndrome disorders and ICD-10-CM coding for the condition.
April marks sexually transmitted infections month, and Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, CEMC , gets in the spirit by breaking down the staging, diagnosis, and treatment of syphilis before examining how to code the disease in ICD-10-CM. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
A benefit of the switch to ICD-10-CM is the ability to be as specific as possible about a patient’s condition, but the downside of this is that it can make coding fractures time-consuming and confusing. Knowledge of bone anatomy and how fracture codes work is therefore an invaluable asset in fracture coding.
Glands located throughout the body are responsible producing hormones and releasing chemicals into the bloodstream as part of the endocrine system. These glands help maintain many important purposes of the body, including metabolism, growth, and reproductive functions. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The human eye may be small, but it’s one of the most complex organ systems in the body. Review the anatomy of the eye and how to code for conditions affecting the system, including new details for 2017.
The 2017 ICD-10-CM updates included a significant number of additions to digestive system diagnoses, especially codes for pancreatitis and intestinal infections. These codes are largely focused in the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and a review of the anatomy of this body system could help improve accurate documentation interpretation and code selection.
The 2017 ICD-10-CM updates included a significant number of additions to digestive system diagnoses, especially codes for pancreatitis and intestinal infections. These codes are largely focused in the lower gastrointestinal tract, and a review of the anatomy of this body system could help improve accurate documentation interpretation and code selection.
Many coders may know that the human body contains 206 bones, but they may not realize that more than 10% of them are in the cranium. In addition to reviewing skull anatomy, examine common ICD-10-CM codes for skull conditions.
Coders have many more options to report diagnoses of the foot in ICD-10-CM, with the ability to include laterality, location, and other details related to the injury. Review the bones of the feet and tips for additional documentation details to note when choosing codes for foot fractures.
The shoulder girdle has the widest and most varied range of motion of any joint in the human body. That also makes it one of the most unstable. Read about the anatomy of the shoulder and which coding options exist for procedures of the shoulder.
Providers frequently need to treat fractures in the ED, so coders need to be aware of the types of fractures and how to report them using CPT codes. Review types of fractures, treatment, and coding tips for reporting fractures in the ED.
Since the physician doesn't need to use a specific root operation term in documentation, coders should not rely solely on the term the physician uses. Coders need to know the definitions and the nuances of the root operations, especially those involving a device.