In Coding
Mar 14th, 2016
Often a patient will visit the provider with symptoms such as a cough or chest pain. When the patient arrives with symptoms and the provider documents a definitive diagnosis, only the definitive diagnosis should be coded. If a symptom is not part of the normal process of the disease, it can be coded in addition to ...
In Coding
Mar 9th, 2015
General coding guidelines in ICD-10-CM instruct that codes describing symptoms and signs are acceptable for reporting when the provider has not established a related, definitive (confirmed) diagnosis. Chapter 18 of ICD-10-CM, Symptoms, Signs, and Abnormal Clinical and Laboratory Findings, Not Elsewhere Classified (codes R00.0–R99) contains many (but not all) codes for symptoms. Chapter 18 also ...
Jun 1st, 2012
It’s a worthwhile venture, but document and code claims carefully to get paid. By Marty Kotlar, DC, CHCC, CBCS Adding therapeutic procedures and modalities can be a great adjunct to a chiropractic practice. Many doctors of chiropractic medicine incorporate therapeutic procedures and modalities, and most insurance carriers (except Medicare) will reimburse chiropractors for them. Supervised ...
May 1st, 2012
Signs and symptoms will determine the type and your code choice. By Susan Ward, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CPCD, CPRC I am sitting at my desk coding operative reports when the telephone rings. I answer the phone and help a patient with a billing question. When I hang up, my physician asks me a question ...
Apr 1st, 2012
Know the difference between being thorough and going overboard. By Jeremy Reimer, CPC Recently, a client asked me to review the medical records of a patient involved in a relatively minor motor vehicle accident (MVA). Three days after the accident, the patient went to see a chiropractor. The patient complained of neck pain, and some ...