In Coding
Oct 9th, 2019
Take a longtime coder’s advice for how to ignite (or reignite) your love of medical coding. Whether you are just starting out in medical coding or have been at it for a long time, you know that careers (much like relationships) require a lot of work. Maybe you’ve been coding for a long time and ...
Hiring managers consider more than just education and credentials. While browsing social media and attending local and national coding conferences, I frequently note aspiring coders expressing frustration in getting their first break into medical coding. The usual complaint is that employers won’t hire them without coding experience. As someone who has been in a hiring ...
In Coding
Oct 9th, 2019
Part 2: Strengthen your ICD-10-PCS coding for lumbar spinal fusion procedures. Coding spinal fusion in an outpatient or ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting with CPT® is very different than coding spinal fusion in the inpatient setting with ICD-10-PCS. For example, as illustrated in Figure 1, CPT® divides the spine into three columns: Anterior (anterior two-thirds ...
In Coding
Oct 9th, 2019
Prevalence and risk require targeted diagnostic testing. Onychomycosis (tinea unguium), or fungal infection of the nail, causes almost half of all nail pathologies worldwide. It is a progressive infection of the nail characterized by thickening with degrees of white to yellow-brown discoloration and separation of the nail from the nail bed. Here’s why molecular testing ...
Differentiate migraines from common headaches for proper ICD-10-CM coding. A migraine is more than just a headache. Although migraines are not completely understood, scientists believe the pain is caused by dilation and constriction of the cephalic blood vessels or a microembolism. What we do know is that not all migraines are the same, and diagnosis ...