In Coding
Feb 27th, 2019
Different interpretations of ICD-10-CM coding leave you at risk for improper quality scores and payment. Medical record auditors see a wide range of interpretation among coders and medical organizations regarding when and how overweight, obesity, and morbid obesity diagnosis should be abstracted from records, and regarding body mass index (BMI) reporting. These variances can potentially ...
When excessive skin becomes a problem, documentation must prove removal is necessary, not cosmetic. By Victoria Moll, CPC, CPMA, CPRC One-third of the adult U.S. population is considered obese. With all the associated health risks, such as hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes, this condition has been a big focus for many healthcare organizations. Insurance companies ...
In Coding
Mar 21st, 2018
Overweight and obesity are abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. These conditions put a patient at a higher risk for many health problems, including coronary artery disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, cholelithiasis, and breathing problems. Body mass index (BMI) is an index of weight-to-height. It is calculated as a person’s weight in ...
Gain compassion for patients by understanding the choices they make. By Wanda H. Battle, CPC, CANPC, AAPC Fellow I decided to have a laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) after going in for a routine check of my blood pressure. I was told I was pre-diabetic. My grandmother became diabetic later in life and died of ...
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released a new recommendation for obesity screening in children and adolescents. The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents 6 years and older, and offer or refer overweight individuals to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight status. This recommendation is bas...