This is a change from ICD-9-CM diagnosis coding as we were instructed to code the symptoms only instead of both conditions when comparative/contrasting diagnoses were given as a secondary diagnosis.Read More
ICD-10-CM code Z95.0 is used to report the presence of a cardiac pacemaker without current complications. If the device is interrogated, code Z45.018 would be reported as it is no longer just the
presence of the device but attention to the device.
Pleural Effusion is common in patients with Congestive Heart Failure. This is usually minimal and requires no additional treatment than that given for the heart failure. Pleural Effusion should not be coded when only found as a radiological finding without the physician concurring with the finding and addressing it by one of the methods below.Read More
Root operation groups for the Medical and Surgical section share similar attributes. Below is a list that show each group and which root operations are included in the description (this is only for the Medical/Surgical section and the other sections will be addressed in a later document).Read More
Debridement is the medical removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve the healing of remaining healthy tissue. Debridement may be excisional or non-excisional in coding and include autolytic debridement, enzymatic debridement, mechanical debridement, surgical debridement and maggot therapy. Trying to determine if a surgical debridement is excisional can sometimes be tricky for a coder.Read More