Sep 1st, 2011
When accurate diagnosis coding pressure builds, look at location and hemorrhaging for each. By Marcella Bucknam, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CCC, COBGC, CCS, CCS-P Diverticula are small “pouches” that poke through the muscle wall of the intestines, generally due to pressure within the intestine. They occur most frequently in the sigmoid colon (where internal pressure ...
Aug 1st, 2011
Changes in coding guidelines will make documentation far more critical. By Essie White, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CGSC, CPMA Those of us who have been around for decades have seen many changes in the medical profession. I remember working with the first CPT® book. Since then, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has mandated ...
May 1st, 2009
This is a good example of why coders should always begin their diagnostic search in the Alphabetic Index to Diseases, Volume 2, of ICD-9-CM. If the coder skips that step and jumps right to the Neoplasm Table, the nature of the neoplasm is missed altogether. Mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) is a form of lymphoma, ...