Familiarity with this body part can serve you well in more ways than one. January being Thyroid Awareness Month, let’s take a few minutes to consider what can go wrong with this body part, and how to know when it’s time to see your physician. Naturally, we’ll throw in a little coding, too. Get to ...
Clear and concise documentation aids diagnosis coding. I first heard the term Crohn’s disease when I was 12 years old. The surgeon who had just finished operating on my older sister was talking to my grandparents. She didn’t have acute appendicitis, after all, he said. A section of her small intestine had calcified from chronic ...
Look to documentation for clues that tell you if a patient’s cancer is active or past history. By Emily Bredehoeft, COC, CPC, AAPC Fellow A hot topic in oncology is when to start coding history of cancer rather than active cancer. Luckily, ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting provides an answer. Section 1.C.2 Provides ...
Even with precise coding, you may run into denials with some payers. Here’s help. By Sandra Pearson, CPC, CUC Proton beam therapy is a prostate cancer treatment option, which focuses a ray of proton particles to destroy cancerous tissues. It can target and precisely deliver a high concentration of radiation to cancer cells without damaging ...
Raise awareness of prostate cancer in September by knowing its symptoms, risks, screening, and treatment options. The prostate is a small gland of the male reproductive system resting below the bladder in front of the rectum and surrounding part of the urethra. It helps to produce the fluid in semen and is normally the size ...