May 15, 2013 - By Sarah Serling, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CCS-P, CCS, ICD-10-CM/PCS TrainerOn May 14, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released updates and revisions to the ICD-9-CM Volume 3 procedure codes. The last major update of ICD-9-CM was October 1, 2011 – before the partial freeze of the ICD-9-CM code set prior to the implementation of ICD-10 on O... Read More
May 15, 2013 - By Connie L. Zeller, CPCRadiation oncology advancements have meant greater success for the cancer patient and greater challenges for coders. High-energy radiation is used to reduce or destroy tumors or cancer cells.
This procedure ruins the DNA of the cancer; however, it reduces the harm to healthy cells. A radiation ther... Read More
May 15, 2013 - By Connie L. Zeller, CPCCoding asthma with ICD-9 codes has been based on extrinsic or intrinsic asthma. Extrinsic asthma is also known as allergic asthma. This is familiar as seasonal allergies. Intrinsic asthma is known by two additional names: exercise induced asthma and chemical induced asthma.
When ICD-10-CM is implem... Read More
May 09, 2013 - By Lauri Gray, CPC, RHITThere are many different types of injuries that can occur to the bone and soft tissues of the cervical spine. In ICD-10-CM, documentation must still provide information on the general type of injury (fracture, dislocation, or sprain), level (C1, C2, C3, etc.), and whether there is any associated spi... Read More
May 09, 2013 - By Connie L. Zeller, CPCCPT code 82777 was added to report the Galectin-3 assay. This is a protein that can bind to a class of carbohydrate known as beta-galactosides. These proteins play an important role in the regulation of inflammation, immunologic response, and cancer. Code 82777 is primarily used to measu... Read More
May 09, 2013 - By Connie L. Zeller, CPCMost patients diagnosed with whooping cough are infants and children; however, adults are also very susceptible to the virus. When coding for whooping cough with ICD-9, there’s 4 codes to choose from. Bordetella pertussis (033.0), Bordetella parapertussis (033.1), Whooping cough NEC (033.8), a... Read More
May 02, 2013 - By Lori Becks, RHIAThe previous articles in our ICD-10-PCS series covered the root operations found in the Medical and Surgical Section (section value 0). In this article, we introduce the Obstetrics section—the first section in the Medical and Surgical Related Sections. Before discussing individual root operati... Read More
May 02, 2013 - By Connie L. Zeller, CPCFour CPT codes were added for transcatheter thrombolytic infusion (37211-37214). On the initial day of transcatheter thrombolytic infusion(s), codes 37211 or 37212 should used. Follow up ateriography or venography is included along with catheter position change, or catheter exchange. If the infusion... Read More
May 02, 2013 - By Sarah Serling, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CCS-P, CCS, ICD-10-CM/PCS TrainerWith the October 1, 2014 compliance date for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS set, physicians and other healthcare providers are looking for simple steps to ensure their clinical documentation is the specific, detailed clinical documentation needed to assign ICD-10 codes.
Though ICD-10-CM codes can be appl... Read More
April 24, 2013 - By Connie L. Zeller, CPCRetinopathy of prematurity (ROP) was studied at 23 medical academic institutions, and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It tested the amount of oxygen that a premature baby received, and the effect of potential blindness. On Wednesday, April 10, Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.... Read More
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