Aug 1st, 2014
Small differences in documentation language play an important role in diagnostic coding. A key concept for accurate diabetes coding is that of causal relationships. A causal relationship is a documented link between a disease (etiology) and a condition (manifestation) caused by that disease. For a coder to report a causal relationship between diabetes and a ...
Nov 1st, 2008
Test Your Diabetes Coding Know-how By Sheri Poe Bernard, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P You probably think your knowledge of one of the most common diseases in the United States is complete. Here’s a quick true/false quiz to test that premise. True or false? Abnormally high blood glucose is the hallmark of all types of diabetes. Diabetes ...
Aug 1st, 2008
By Sheri Poe Bernard, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P Not only are there a record number of ICD-9-CM diagnostic code changes for 2009, but the changes affect virtually every specialty. We have dozens of new codes for diabetes, scores for headaches, codes to report family and personal problems that result from military deployment, codes for leukemias in ...
May 1st, 2008
by Sheri Poe Bernard, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P CPT® and ICD-9-CM code selection for lacerations and their repair is a simple task if you break down coding criteria into simple components. Length, Location, and Type For CPT®, integumentary repair codes specify length, location and type of wound repair. Codes are selected by: Laceration length in centimeters ...
Feb 1st, 2008
by Sheri Poe Bernard, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P When it comes to implementation of an electronic medical record (EMR) in your practice or facility, an old adage proves true for medical coders: If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. While it may not be immediately obvious that coders and compliance personnel ...