Understand the truth behind fabricated symptoms for proper ICD-10-CM coding. Factitious disorder is a condition where a person intentionally produces or exaggerates physical or psychological signs and symptoms. They may even hurt themselves or others to bring on symptoms. This is considered a mental (rather than a physical) ailment, although the cause of factitious disorder ...
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Feb 27th, 2019
When diagnoses are linked by “with,” ICD-10-CM presumes a causal relationship, but should you? There are 11 possible definitions of the word “with,” according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. In ICD-10-CM, “with” has a single, specific meaning that must be applied with care. This may create a challenge when coding causal relationships because you are taught to ...
Feb 26th, 2019
Using the right code books is essential to your success on your AAPC exam. Among all the code books out there, we recommend AAPC’s. Here are seven reasons why using AAPC’s ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and HCPCS Level II code books will help you on your certification exam: Made for Your Examination – AAPC’s code books are ...
As a medical coder, you are a valuable asset to clinicians who are part of the NCQA-PCMH team. To understand how you can help in the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) patient-centered medical home (PCMH) process, first you need to know what it is and how it has expanded to vulnerable populations. Then you’ll ...
Know the lingo, sequencing, and progression to capture the correct condition codes. Diagnostic coding for neoplasms — especially malignant neoplasms — affects not only provider payment, but (more significantly) patient outcomes and healthcare priorities. The National Cancer Institute estimated that in 2018 more than 1.7 million new cases of cancer would be diagnosed in the ...