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 ...
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Sep 9th, 2019
In a world of uncertainty, one thing medical coders can count on is ICD-10-CM yearly updates. It’s already that time of year again when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases the ICD-10-CM code update for next year. Familiarizing yourself with the changes that go into effect Oct. 1 will help you capture ...
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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. ...
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Aug 20th, 2019
Know what to watch when coding bug bites, poison ivy, and heatstroke! Get ICD-10 pointers. Somehow it is mid-August already, and talk about 2020 code updates is buzzing. But summer 2019 isn’t done yet! How many of these warm-weather diagnoses have you coded so far this year? Verify Venom Before You Report That Bug Encounter ...
Look at diagnosis history changes and Medicare’s national and local coverage determinations for greater insight into denied claims. Coverage determinations for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for radiation proctitis make getting paid for physician services tricky. A review of historical diagnosis code changes, and the effect these changes have had on Medicare coverage determinations is necessary ...