In Coding
Apr 24th, 2018
Within ICD-10-CM, diagnosis codes for open wounds are categorized by: Site — Anatomic location on the body: Depending on the site, the information necessary to select the proper diagnosis code will differ. Some laceration and puncture wound codes are divided into “with foreign body” and “without foreign body.” Laterality — e.g., left or right side of the ...
In Coding
Jul 7th, 2015
CC: Fall and laceration. HPI: Julia is a 42-year-old woman who was running to catch a taxi when she stumbled, fell, and struck her face on the sidewalk. She had taken the day off of work and was shopping downtown. She denies loss of consciousness but says she was dazed for a few seconds after ...
In CMS
Nov 1st, 2013
Find three important details in the wound repair report, and you’ve got the case all sewn up. by G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC When coding for wound repair (closure), you must search the clinical documentation to determine three things: The complexity of the repair (simple, intermediate, or complex) The anatomic location of the wounds closed The ...
Jun 1st, 2012
Fight for your right to be paid for properly documented claims. By G.J. Verhovshek When commenting on Abraham Morse’s, MD, MBA, article “Same-day E/M and Office Procedure: Yes, You Can!” (March 2012 Coding Edge, pages 16-17), several readers shared that insurers (including Medicare contractors) routinely deny evaluation and management (E/M) claims when reported with other ...
Jul 1st, 2009
Get an in-depth look at fingertip laceration, contusion, and fracture. By Sarah Todt, RN, CPC, CEDC The finger is composed of many tissue types. Injuries to the fingertip may involve the skin, nail bed, nails, blood vessels, nerves, bone, or any combination of these tissues. Patients with fingertip injuries frequently seek treatment in the emergency ...