In Coding
Oct 18th, 2018
We’re accustomed to flu season, but acute flaccid myelitis season? What is that? Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare and serious condition affecting the nervous system — primarily spinal cord gray matter. The afflicted are usually very young children, with the average age being 4 years old. According to the Centers for Disease Control and ...
To better understand the three types of anesthesia rewire your thinking with this telephone analogy. Have your every wondered how anesthesia works? I have. But then a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) explained it to me so clearly that I felt compelled to share her analogy with other medical coders. To better understand how the ...
Diagnostic coding of this disease is a no-brainer when you understand nervous system anatomy and conditions. Peripheral neuropathy is a common nervous system disruption that can cause numbness, pain, weakness, and alterations in body functions. A basic understanding of the nervous system and peripheral neuropathies, chart findings to support a neuropathy, and ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM ...
Apr 1st, 2012
Part 1: Make room for the latest in CPT® coding. By Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, ACS-PM, CHCO, and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC CPT® 2012 brings important changes to pain management coding. In the first of this two-part series, we’ll: Review the revised coding guidelines for sacroiliac (SI) joint injection. Clarify the methodology ...
Dec 1st, 2011
Whether it’s new modifiers, E/M, radiology, or Category II codes, we have the outlook for what’s on the horizon. By Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC CPT® 2012 arrives with over 500 code changes, plus minor additions to the Evaluation and Management Services Guidelines. The revised evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines clarify the “three-year ...