In Coding
Feb 21st, 2018
A hypertensive crisis is a severe increase in blood pressure that can lead to stroke, organ damage, heart attack, and more. The Mayo Clinic defines extreme high blood pressure as  “a top number (systolic pressure) of 180 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or higher or a bottom number (diastolic pressure) of 120 mm Hg or ...
In Coding
Feb 21st, 2018
Pharyngitis (more commonly called sore throat) is inflammation of the pharynx. Sore throat typically is caused by bacterial or viral infections, and is a common reason people go to see their doctor. Coding is straightforward, so long as the provider documents whether the problem in acute or chronic, and the causative agent (e.g., streptococcus), if ...
In Billing
Feb 16th, 2018
It may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is real. It involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube, and it has long been used to treat decompression sickness from scuba diving. More recently, physicians have found it useful to treat other conditions. Medicare Coverage under ...
In Coding
Feb 12th, 2018
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare, aggressive skin cancer that develops from hormone making cells in the skin. Unlike basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, MCC will often metastasize to the lymph nodes and internal organs. The cure rate is reported at 80 percent for those cases that have not yet metastasized, and drops ...
In Billing
Feb 7th, 2018
Many quality measures in the Quality Payment Program include ICD-10-CM codes in either the numerator, denominator, exclusions, or exceptions, and used to determine patient eligibility. The accuracy of any measure, and the ability for eligible clinicians to meet data completeness, risk being compromised when ICD-10 codes are updated (October 1). Workflows that are not automatically updated, such as ...