Diagnosis code choice relies on a thorough understanding of the four classifications of abnormal cell growth severity. The good news about cancer coding is that it is generally straightforward. If you can familiarize yourself with a few key pathology words, you’ll be headed in the right direction. Stages of Cancer Cancer is not a disease ...
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Mar 14th, 2018
We’ve seen a surge of Department of Justice (DOJ) takedowns of doctors who committed prescription fraud and abuse of opioid drugs. As prescription opioid addiction grows, so does the crackdown on abuse of federal dollars funding physicians who are feeding patient addiction. On March 9, 63-year-old Jerrold N. Rosenberg, MD, of Rhode Island was sentenced ...
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 ...