August 2016

Coding Canapes - Respiratory failure following drug overdose and fiberoptic bronchoscopy

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Respiratory failure following a drug overdose, sequela or a manifestation?

Inpatient or observation coders for acute hospital settings may see a similar situation such as this one with chronic respiratory failure following drug overdose.  How do I know if it is a sequela or a manifestation?  Coders may find it difficult to know whether to follow the poisoning guidelines or not.  See the clarification from the coding clinic to determine the correct path.

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June 2016

Tired of Taking Yet Another Coding Assessment? Here's Why a Coding Test is Your Best Friend.


Feeling frustrated about that coding assessment for a potential new job? We understand. Let us explain the importance of the exam and how it can benefit you.

Recently I came across several LinkedIn posts discussing coders disappointments towards coding tests used during the screening process.  This frustration caught my attention and while I can sympathize, let me take a moment to give you some background on why companies need to have a coding assessment in place.

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June 2016

"I work from my dining room table." Said No Medical Coder Ever


You just landed your first medical coding job. Congrats! Next step, organize your desk and office space for success. Read how our experts get organized.

You did it! You just landed your first medical coding job so now you start clearing the dining table, place your laptop down and start your new journey. That's all there is to it, right?

Think again! Let me introduce you to your new friend: HIPAA. It is the governing regulation that maintains patient privacy and integrity.  It will also shape the way you setup your office.

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April 2016

Coding Canapes - Perinatal Period & Pitocin to Augment Active Labor

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Topic

What is perinatal period in ICD-10-CM? Is the administration of Pitocin to augment active labor coded separately in ICD-10-PCS?

ICD-10-CM-

 Question  

The Official ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting in the chapter on the perinatal period state, “For coding and reporting purposes the perinatal period is defined as before birth through the 28th day following birth.” Therefore, does this mean that the perinatal period ends on the 29th day of life, making the day of birth equal 0 days?

 

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April 2016

Coding Canapes - HFpEF or HFrEF


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The Topic:

Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction and Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction

ICD-10-CM-

Question

Please reconsider the advice previously published in Coding Clinic, First Quarter 2014, page 25, stating that the coder cannot assume either diastolic or systolic failure or a combination of both, based on documentation of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) or heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Would it be appropriate to code diastolic or systolic heart failure when the provider documents HFpEF or HFrEF?

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April 2016

Work from Home in 3 Simple Steps - Medical Coding


Are you interested in working from home while Medical Coding?

Review the infographic below for some helpful tips.

Learn about:

  • The role a medical coder plays and their responsibilities.   
  • The education necessary to become a medical coder.
  • Setting up a home office for optimal coding.
  • The future of medical coding and earning potential.
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