In Coding
Oct 1st, 2010
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Krystexxa (pegloticase) Sept. 14 to treat the painful condition known as gout in adults who do not respond to or who cannot tolerate conventional therapy. Gout, which falls under ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 274.x, occurs due to an excess of the bodily waste uric acid, which is eventually ...
Nov 30th, 2009
The “disease of the kings” is making a comeback in the United States. By Sheri Poe Bernard, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P It’s gout, and it’s called the “disease of kings” because attacks can be triggered by rich foods and liquor, historically available to royalty. A propensity toward gout also can be hereditary, and heirs to the ...
In CMS
May 14th, 2009
Despite the planned implementation of ICD-10 in 2013, it’s business as usual for ICD-9-CM as more than 140 new and 40 changed diagnostic codes are proposed for the 2010 fiscal year release of the diagnostic system. The draft codes are included in the proposed rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS), and comment is ...
Nov 1st, 2008
September Meeting Offers Surprises, Old Arguments By Tina Cressman, MALS, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-H-I, CPC-P, CCS-P, MCS-P, MCS-I, CMC Where were you when you first learned about ICD-9-CM? If you have been in health care since 1977, when it was first proposed, you remember when ICD-9-CM was new and exciting. If you have any old ICD-9-CM ...
Apr 1st, 2008
Here’s What to Do … By Nancy Reading RN, BS, CPC, CPC-I A member recently inquired, “Where can I safely count clubbing of the fingers on physical examination?” This question begs an issue that faces coders every day. We think we know the answer because that’s how we always do it, or that is how ...