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ICD-10 Coding Alert

Know Guidelines, Correctly Code These Conundrums
Let Section II steer you toward successful scenario solutions. You know the story. While ... Read more
Coding Quiz:
Test Your Hypertension Coding Knowledge with These 5 Questions
CKD is one clue to understanding high blood pressure dx. The recent ICD-10-CM revisions a... Read more
Neoplasm Coding:
Let Definitions, Deduction Direct ENT Neoplasm Dx Documentation
Understand anatomy and terms, code these cancers with precision. Neoplasm coding, especia... Read more
Coding Quiz Answers
Answer 1:  The classification of hypertension "presumes a causal relationship between... Read more
Reader Question:
Report This New Antenatal Screening Code With Care
Question: I was hoping I could get some guidance on the new Z36 codes that just went in ef... Read more
Reader Question:
Use Location for Dx, Recurrent for Procedure, in This Pelvic Mass Scenario
Question: Our surgeon performed an open procedure to "debulk" a tumor by excising a 6.7 x ... Read more
Reader Question:
Include These Inclusion Terms into Your Heart Failure Code Choices
Question: What are the new ICD-10-CM heart failure codes for acute on chronic right heart ... Read more
Reader Question:
Apply This T Code When Allergy Remains Unspecified
Question: A patient came in to the ED with an allergic reaction, but we weren't able to pi... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Know Mild, Persistent to Differentiate Between Anxiety Types
Question: Our ED physician treated a patient with insomnia and documented "anxiety depress... Read more
Resolve Respiratory Coding Riddles by Asking These 3 Questions
Look to these answers to breathe new life into your reporting. There are plenty of potent... Read more
Avoid Common Hypertension Misunderstandings by Busting These Myths
Our experts tackle 3 scenarios to help you demystify high blood pressure coding. Hyperten... Read more
Ophthalmology ICD-10 Update:
Take These Expert Tips, Transition Smoothly Into Using the New Codes
Greater specificity, changes in myopia laterality codes mean it's time to update your temp... Read more
Reader Question:
Discern Differences to Decide Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis Dx
Question:  I'm new to gastroenterology coding, and I'm wondering what the differ... Read more
Reader Question:
Trauma Dx Trumps Degenerative in This Fall Scenario
Question: A patient receives a CT scan of the lumbar spine after trauma from a fall. ... Read more
Reader Question:
Look to Asthma Codes for RAD Reporting
Question: A patient just presented at our office with asthma-like symptoms: coughing,... Read more
Reader Question:
Apply Fifth Character to Report Ruptured Achilles Laterality
Question: A patient came into the emergency department with a ruptured Achilles tendo... Read more
Reader Question:
Code for Age in Early-, Late-Onset Alzheimer's Recording
Question: If our provider diagnoses a patient with Alzheimer's disease, can I use the... Read more
Reader Question:
Use This T Code Only for Unspecified Allergic Reaction
Question: A patient came in suffering from allergies, but we weren't able to pinpoint... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Know Unspecified to Specify Tonsillitis Type
Question: Which diagnosis code should we report for acute tonsillitis? Maryland Subs... Read more
ED ICD-10 2018 Update:
Delve Into These New ICD-10-CM Substance Abuse Dx Definitions, Descriptors
New remission status codes will now add specificity to your reporting. Next year's ICD-10... Read more
Podiatry ICD-10 2018 Update:
Choose From 45 New Non-Pressure Chronic Ulcer Codes for Precision Podiatry Reporting
New "without necrosis" codes join new toe fracture codes for improved documentation. As o... Read more
Cardiology ICD-10 2018 Update:
Coding Quiz: Don't Lose Heart. Take This Quiz to Prepare for the New ICD-10-CM Cardiology Codes
Hypertension, MI codes, guidelines got a makeover on Oct. 1. Ready or not, the 2018 chang... Read more
Follow This Step-by-Step Guide When a Definitive Abdominal Pain Dx is Absent
Look to R10 codes when no classification is provided. Sometimes it just isn't possible fo... Read more
Coding Quiz:
Once you've answered the quiz questions on page 75, compare your answers with the ones bel... Read more
Reader Question:
Pinpoint Location, Code This Newborn Discharge Correctly
Question: Our provider performed a final hospital discharge for a newborn baby that l... Read more
Reader Question:
Use These Counseling, Chemo Codes for this Post-Op Cancer Encounter
Question: When can we bill a visit after a surgery for cancer? Our understanding is t... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Ask Mild or Persistent for Accurate Anxiety Depression Dx
Question: Our provider just performed a level three new patient evaluation and manage... Read more
Cardiology ICD-10-CM Update:
New Codes Will Hone How You'll Report Heart Failure, Hypertension, and Myocardial Infarctions
Breaking: Don't miss new myocardial infarction code I21.9. CMS recently released its list... Read more
Ob-Gyn ICD-10-CM Update:
Modify How You Report Maternal Care, Tubal Pregnancy, and Antenatal Screening With New Codes
Your ob-gyn's documentation may, in some instances, need to become more specific. If you'... Read more
Orthopedic ICD-10-CM Update:
Safeguard Your Future Spinal Stenosis Claims by Learning New Code Set
Do you know what neurogenic claudication is? You'll need to in 2018. Summer's winding dow... Read more
Otolaryngology ICD-10-CM Coding Update:
Highlight These Apnea, Surgical Complication, Branchial Cleft Changes
Begin preparations now to hit the ground running on Oct. 1. Oct., 2017 will bring about a... Read more
Pediatrics ICD-10-CM Update:
Absorb These New Abuse, Diabetes Codes Before Oct. 1
Type 2 DM getting ketoacidosis entries. It's official: The list of additions, deletions a... Read more
ED ICD-10 2018 Update:
Adapt to These New MI and Heart Failure Codes Before October 1, 2017
CMS has released the finalized list of 2018 diagnosis codes. If you’ve got high hop... Read more
General Surgery ICD-10 2018:
Here's a Glimpse of What ICD-10 Codes You Need to Learn For 2018
Ensure future ‘quality’ pay with accurate diagnoses. Your general surgery pra... Read more
Family Practice ICD-10 Update:
Train Yourself Use These New Type 2 DKA Diagnosis Codes
ICD-10-CM changes reflect a rise in reported cases. The annual revisions to ICD-10-CM are... Read more
Gastroenterology ICD-10 Update:
Identify These New Intestinal Adhesion Codes Before You Face Denials
CMS has released the finalized list of 2018 diagnosis codes. Gastroenterology coders hopi... Read more
Neurology & Pain Management:
Get Extremely Specific with Extremity ICD-10s
Arm yourself for coding battle with this limb pain primer. Since ICD-10’s implement... Read more
Reader Question:
Delve Into 'Intention' When Reporting Insulin OD Diagnosis
Question: Our clinician recently diagnosed a patient with ‘complications arisin... Read more
Emergency Medicine News:
Comfortable Coding Appendicitis? Get Ready to Change, Says ICD-10 Proposal
Myocardial infarction, diverticular disease are also diagnosis codes to watch. Appendicit... Read more
Opthalmology News:
New Proposed Codes Affect How You Report Blepharitis
Eyelid cancer, brow ptosis are also diagnosis codes to watch. Blepharitis coding could be... Read more
Gastroenterology News:
Proposed Codes Don't Miss Your Diverticulitis Diagnoses
Appendicitis, cholelithiasis are also diagnosis codes to watch. Diverticulitis coding cou... Read more
Having Trouble Coding Unindexable Spinal Diseases? Read This
Follow these rules when the ICD-10 index fails you. The implementation of ICD-10, while s... Read more
Reader Question:
Here's Why You Need to Know 'Intention' For Insulin OD Diagnoses
Question: Our clinician recently diagnosed a patient with ‘complications arisin... Read more
Reader Question:
Find Your Angina Pectoris ICD-10 Code Here
Question: What is the proper ICD-10-CM code for “angina pectoris”? Wisco... Read more
ICD-10 2018:
Get a Sneak Peak at Proposed ICD-10-CM Changes With This Overview
Here’s why the Federal Register will give you even more information. The ICD-10 Coo... Read more
ICD-10 2018:
You Can Check Out the ICD-10-PCS Changes Right Now
Prepare for over 6,000 new, revised, and deleted codes. If you check the 2018 ICD-10-PCS ... Read more
Coding Quiz:
Safeguard Your Summer Injury Claims With This 3 Question Quiz
Can you code these common summer emergency room presentations? When’s the last time... Read more
Diagnosis Spotlight:
Appointing Correct 'Abdominal Pain' Code Will Justify GI Surgeries
Document carefully to choose the right code. You wouldn’t expect appendicitis in a ... Read more
Confused About Signs and Symptoms? These 4 FAQs Can Help
Many gastroenterology claims lack definitive diagnoses — so use these codes to colle... Read more
Turn to N20, N21 for Most Calculus Diagnoses
It’s just like real estate: Location is everything. As a urology coder, you see cal... Read more
Abide By These Rules When Coding Foreign Bodies
Know when to apply these secondary codes. Foreign bodies (FBs) entering through one of th... Read more
Reader Question:
Turn to O45 Family for Placenta Abruptio Choices
Question: I bill for obstetrics anesthesia: Our provider placed an epidural for deliv... Read more
Diagnosis Spotlight:
Get Atrial Fibrillation Vs. Atrial Flutter Right Every Time
Tip: Physicians should document atrial flutter as either typical or atypical. To code pro... Read more
Glide Through Reporting Feeding Difficulties in Infants with These 4 Tips
Hint: Reserve use of newborn codes for infants not over 28 days old. When your FP diagnos... Read more
Stop Losing Lab Pay Based on Z-Code Myths
Show medical necessity with ‘screening,’ ‘status,’ and more. If y... Read more
Clip and Save:
Use Common Z Codes for Your Lab Reporting and Pay
Impact your diagnosis coding with Table 1 rundown. Hopefully the preceding article helped... Read more
Case Study: Can You Determine How to Code Negative Findings?
Look to the report for symptoms when necessary. Sometimes the ICD-10 coding options seem ... Read more
Reader Question:
Choose Screening Dx for Screening Test
Question: We’re using the new CPT® code for drug screening, 80305, instead ... Read more
Reader Question:
Untangle This CTS Diagnosis Coding
Question: Our physician recently performed a level-two evaluation and management (E/M... Read more
Flu Coding:
Are You Up to Date on Your Influenza Diagnoses?
Avoid denials by coding symptoms supporting medical necessity of flu visits. This has bee... Read more
Diagnosis Spotlight:
7 Examples Demonstrate How You Should Code Zika Virus Situations
Here’s what to do for at risk but asymptomatic patients. Questions continue to abou... Read more
Achieve MI Coding Excellence by Following Official ICD-10 Guidelines
Know the timing to choose correct category of MI. The ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for C... Read more
News You Can Use:
ICD-10-CM Updates Will Not Impact PQRS Payment Adjustments
Here are the key takeaways. CMS published an “ICD-10-CM FAQ” that outlines th... Read more
Capture The Cryptic Codes For Cancer Of The Cord, Cauda Equina And Cranial Nerves
Laterality rules for cranial nerve neoplasms, but not the spinal malignancies. How strong... Read more
Reader Question:
Some ICD-10 Codes Don't Apply to Newborns
Question: Our gastroenterologist was on rounds at the hospital and was called to eval... Read more
Reader Question:
Get to 7th Spot on Neck Sprain Diagnoses
Question: Our provider recently provided an evaluation and management (E/M) service t... Read more
Diagnosis Spotlight:
Stop Losing Lab Pay Based on Z-Code Myths
Show medical necessity with ‘screening,’ ‘status,’ and more. If y... Read more
Clip And Save:
Use Common Z Codes for Your Lab Reporting and Pay
Impact your diagnosis coding with Table 1 rundown. Hopefully the preceding article helped... Read more
Ace Underdosing Coding With 3 Essential Steps
Know where to go to capture the reason behind a patient’s noncompliance. Amid the f... Read more
Family Practice:
Glide Through Reporting Feeding Difficulties in Infants with These 4 Tips
Hint: Reserve use of newborn codes for infants not over 28 days old. When your FP diagnos... Read more
Reader Question:
Learn This Diagnosis Code Dance When it Comes to Lab Screenings/Findings
Question: Could you help with the following lab questions? When an ASCUS Pap is refl... Read more
Reader Question:
Choking Dx Choice Is 'Feeding Difficulties'
Question: Our physician evaluated a newborn baby whose mother said that the child wou... Read more
Reader Question:
Don't Ignore Overlap in Locations for Bladder Cancer
Question: Our physician documented a malignant cancer of the lateral and posterior wa... Read more
News You Can Use:
ICD-10 Glitch Causes CMS to Slacken PQRS Requirements
Don’t miss this CMS update. The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 has had its fair sh... Read more
Coding Quiz:
Test Yourself With 5 Pap Test Scenarios
Distinguish reason for repeat Pap. When your lab performs Pap tests, do you know the ins ... Read more
Top 4 ICD-10 Coding Mistakes You Cannot Afford To Make
Don’t just correct, perfect your respiratory failure and seventh character coding. ... Read more
Coding Quiz Answers:
Grade Your 5 Pap-Test Scenario Responses
Don’t confuse screening vs. diagnostic tests. After reading the questions on page 9... Read more
Oncology & Hematology:
Spot the Right Codes for Malignant Neoplasms in the Cord, Cauda, and Cranial Nerves
Cauda equina malignancy has defined code though not all in cranial nerves have specific co... Read more
Straining to Find a Neck Sprain Code? Here are Your Options
Watch out: Careful of what seventh character you apply. Neck sprain means that the patien... Read more
Reader Question:
Don't Be Surprised By Some CMS ICD-10 Denials
Question: Are other coders receiving denials fora PSA claim after 10/1/2016 for using... Read more
Reader Question:
Get Specific with Pharyngitis Code Choice
Question: When our otolaryngologist diagnoses acute pharyngitis, how should I choose ... Read more
Reader Question:
Look Beyond E/M for Nursemaid's Elbow
Question: Which code applies to nursemaid’s elbow treatment? Our pediatrician j... Read more
Diagnosis Spotlight:
Master 77 Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Codes with a Single Stroke
Be sure to specify the complications or lack thereof in your fifth and sixth digits. A... Read more
Monitor Your Denials Since Grace Period Ended
Compare results for different payers. Did your general surgery practice lean into the ... Read more
Coding Tools:
Speed Through CAD Coding Using This Clip-and-Save Table
Choose vessel and angina pectoris status to find your code. More than a year may have ... Read more
General Surgery:
Drill Down to Details For Intestine and Pancreas Dx Changes
Up your documentation ante to support new ‘fifth digits.’ You should be ne... Read more
Name And Number Are Key To Coding For Cranial Nerve Neoplasms
You will find specific codes for only the olfactory, optic, and acoustic cranial nerves.... Read more
Reader Question:
Diagnosing Type I Diabetes
Question: I have recently started working for a pediatric practice, and I’ve ... Read more
Reader Question:
Check Out 7th Character for Fetus 2 ICD-10-CM Code
Question: Please help me figure out the correct application of the 7th character in... Read more