Reader Question: Get a Grip on Migraine-Specific Dx Terms

Question: Choosing the correct ICD-10 code for our migraine patients is still difficult for me. For instance, what constitutes an “intractable” migraine? Further, what is “status migrainosus”? Mississippi [...]

Posted on: 21 March 2017 | 5:03 am

Reader Question: Let FB Depth Guide Your Removal Coding

Question: A patient reported to the pediatrician with a conjunctival foreign body in her right eye. The provider removed a small amount of dirt using irrigation with saline solution and a [...]

Posted on: 21 March 2017 | 5:03 am

You Be the Coder: Lipid Panels and Preventive Services

Question: A 15-year-old established male patient reports to the pediatrician for his annual physical. Encounter notes indicate that the provider also took a complete lipid panel during the encounter. How should [...]

Posted on: 21 March 2017 | 5:03 am

Reader Question: New Appendix Maps Out Telemedicine Codes

Question: How can we know whether or not a code is eligible for use with telemedicine services? Pennsylvania Subscriber Answer: CPT® 2017 features Appendix P, a [...]

Posted on: 21 March 2017 | 5:03 am

E/M Coding: Know PFSH, and Some E/M Coding Concerns Will Be History

PFSH level vital to accurate E/M history level. At some point in their careers, most coders find calculating the proper evaluation and management (E/M) service level a [...]

Posted on: 21 March 2017 | 4:03 am

Procedure Coding: Pick Different Codes for Acne, Pilonidal Cyst Procedures

Here’s why these services aren’t typical I&Ds. A patient reporting to the pediatrician for treatment of a cyst will typically require services represented by the traditional incision [...]

Posted on: 21 March 2017 | 4:03 am

Procedure Coding: Keep Up With I&D Rules, Cut to the Right Code Every Time

Be ready with 10061 for complicated, multiple I&Ds. Pediatricians performing incision and drainage (I&D) services for a patient present the coder with a challenge, but all of [...]

Posted on: 21 March 2017 | 4:03 am

Reader Question: Tread Carefully with Preventive Visit-E/M Combo

Question: Our pediatrician often performs initial comprehensive preventive medicine services for patients. If the patient has a problem-focused complaint during one of these preventive encounters, can we report a [...]

Posted on: 23 February 2017 | 2:02 am

Reader Question: Choking Dx Choice Is 'Feeding Difficulties'

Question: Our physician evaluated a newborn baby whose mother said that the child would often get choked up while being fed and would then spit up the milk. I [...]

Posted on: 23 February 2017 | 2:02 am

You Be the Coder: Non-Surgical Services for Recovering Surgery Patients

Question: One of our patients underwent emergency appendectomy surgery at the local emergency department (ED) at 11 p.m. on Thursday night. The next day, our pediatrician was called to [...]

Posted on: 23 February 2017 | 2:02 am