In Coding
Sep 6th, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “ICD-10-CM Coding Advice for Healthcare Encounters in Hurricane Aftermath” as a guide when coding healthcare encounters for individuals injured by a hurricane. The document reviews the use of external cause of morbidity codes, which “should be assigned to identify the cause of the injury(ies) incurred as a result ...
In Audit
Aug 30th, 2017
One week after the release of the 2018 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency released an errata with updated rules for diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and principal diagnosis. And while some publishers, like AAPC, were able to put their ICD-10-CMs to press with the new guidelines, it was too ...
In Coding
Jul 11th, 2017
Warts are a form of lesion most often caused by a viral infection; however, some warts are bacterial, rather than viral. Warts are most common in children, young adults, and people with immune system deficiencies. Clinical categories of warts include: Common warts (Verruca vulgaris): A raised wart with roughened surface, most common on hands, but ...
In Coding
Jun 19th, 2017
In the outpatient setting, do not code a diagnosis unless it is certain. Examples of language seen in the medical record that identify uncertain diagnoses include: Probable Suspected Questionable Rule out Differential Working When a definitive diagnosis has not been determined, code the signs, symptoms, and abnormal test result(s) or other reasons for the visit. ...
In Coding
Jun 16th, 2017
The Washington Post reports, June 15, “Dangerous unproven treatments for ‘chronic Lyme disease’ are on the rise.” According to the Post, patients are being “prescribed dangerous and often expensive treatments that do not work,” citing a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC report, the term “chronic ...