In Coding
Oct 9th, 2019
Prevalence and risk require targeted diagnostic testing. Onychomycosis (tinea unguium), or fungal infection of the nail, causes almost half of all nail pathologies worldwide. It is a progressive infection of the nail characterized by thickening with degrees of white to yellow-brown discoloration and separation of the nail from the nail bed. Here’s why molecular testing ...
Differentiate migraines from common headaches for proper ICD-10-CM coding. A migraine is more than just a headache. Although migraines are not completely understood, scientists believe the pain is caused by dilation and constriction of the cephalic blood vessels or a microembolism. What we do know is that not all migraines are the same, and diagnosis ...
When doctors describe lumps and bumps inconsistently, look to the definitive diagnosis for clarity. Coding lesions, masses, and tumors can be tricky because some providers use these three terms interchangeably in the same operative note. By the time youve finished reading the note, you don’t know what type of lump or bump you’re coding. That’s ...
In Coding
Oct 7th, 2019
Don’t let insufficient documentation lead you astray. How many times has a provider asked you, “What do I need to document to get a 99215?” All too often, medical coders feel they should help their providers understand what elements of documentation are needed to warrant the higher level evaluation and management (E/M) service. Do not ...
Correct coding and quality data are only attainable when you are up to date on both diagnosis code and guideline changes. The article “Use 2020 ICD-10-CM Codes for More Specific Medical Data Capture” (September, pages 14-16) provided you with a list of the new, deleted, and changed ICD-10-CM codes for 2020. Now let’s review the ...