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 ...
In Coding
Jun 16th, 2017
The 2018 ICD-10-CM code files are now available on the 2018 ICD-10 CM and GEMs webpage. This includes the 2018 tabular and index, as well as code descriptions and addendum files: 2018 General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs) will be posted in August. 2018 ICD-10-CM guidelines, present on admission exempt codes, and conversion table will be posted ...
In Coding
Jun 5th, 2017
Below is a summary of ICD-10-CM coding for common eating disorders. Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which the patient refuses to maintain a healthy body weight, intensely fears weight gain, and has a distorted body image. It involves self-starvation and excessive weight loss. When the body is denied the essential nutrients ...