In Coding
Sep 3rd, 2019
CPT® code selection comes down to knowing what to look for in the note and asking the right questions. Fractures are common but coding them isn’t always easy. Correct coding relies on you knowing how to identify both the presentation and treatment of the fracture. To differentiate between the type of fracture and the type ...
In Coding
Sep 1st, 2019
Timing is everything when defining and capturing the 7th character in an ICD-10-CM code. ICD-10-CM brought about new concepts for diagnosis coding, with some being straightforward and others being a bit confusing when interpreting the guidelines. One concept that is often debated is how to select the correct seventh character, representing the episode of care. ...
Grasping the anatomy of so many tiny, complex parts will aid in coding of wrist diseases and injuries. The wrist is classified as an “intermediate” joint, but consists of many intricate structures and bones. Accurate coding of wrist diagnoses, services, and procedures requires a solid working knowledge of wrist, hand, and distal forearm anatomy. Match ...
Jun 10th, 2011
By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CGSC, CPEDC, COBGC, CENTC Developing a better understanding of anatomy and pathophysiology (A&P) is one challenge you will face with ICD-10 implementation. The good news is brushing up on A&P, while seeing how it’s applied in the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, will make ICD-10 code assignment ...
In Coding
Oct 15th, 2010
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) board of directors recently approved at their Sept. 24 meeting a new clinical practice guideline on the treatment of osteoporotic spinal compression fractures. The guideline includes 11 recommendations, but only two of those recommendations carry any real weight, the board said. Whereas the board found that for nine of the 11 recommendations the ...