In Coding
Mar 22nd, 2019
Tuberculosis seems old fashioned, a disease from 19th century novels, but it continues to infect Americans every year, and medical coders address it in all specialties. Outbreaks in dense populations without adequate healthcare feed the spread of the disease. Tuberculosis Mycobacterium tuberculosis was identified in 1882 by Dr. Robert Koch. The disease was endemic and, ...
In Billing
Mar 20th, 2019
There is a lot of excitement about a new drug for women suffering from postpartum depression, but Sage Therapeutics’ Zulresso will present challenges for medical coders, their employers, and patients. First Postpartum Depression Drug Zulresso is the first drug developed specifically for postpartum depression. Often un- or misdiagnosed, postpartum depression (F33.0), affects an estimated natio...
In Billing
Mar 11th, 2019
Disease thought long gone are resurging as the result of  lowered vaccination rates, homelessness, and other factors, and they are sending medical coders and billers back to their books. Diseases Not Gone for Good While polio is effectively controlled in the United States, public health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ...
Feb 28th, 2019
Pet peeves are minor annoyances that cause major irritation. Here’s my top 10 list of a coder’s pet peeves. Unclear or illegible clinical documentation. Medical coders want to select the correct diagnosis codes, properly linked to treatment procedures and services. They do not like to abstract coding information from a checklist of symptoms (superbill), without details ...
In Coding
Feb 27th, 2019
When diagnoses are linked by “with,” ICD-10-CM presumes a causal relationship, but should you? There are 11 possible definitions of the word “with,” according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. In ICD-10-CM, “with” has a single, specific meaning that must be applied with care. This may create a challenge when coding causal relationships because you are taught to ...