ICD-10

Coding Tip: “Code First” Instructional Notes in ICD-10-CM

Coding Tip: “Code First” Instructional Notes in ICD-10-CM

There are certain conditions that have instructional notes in the ICD-10-CM tabular/coding conventions that guide the coder in sequencing. This is especially true when the condition has a common manifestation or underlying conditions of a chronic disease. If there is a “code first” note in the tabular, the coder should follow this instruction and sequence the underlying etiology or chronic condition first followed by the manifestation as an additional diagnosis.

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Find Your Routine: Tools to Tackle Unpredictable Days

Find Your Routine: Tools to Tackle Unpredictable Days

When it comes to coding and documentation, finding your own rhythm can lead to positive results. For our series, Find Your Routine, we interviewed our most productive coders and reviewers and asked them what steps they take to find a rhythm that works for them. This week, we talked with Meghan Schumacher​, CPC, CPMA, Provider Coding Consultant at Health Information Associates, Inc., about the steps she takes to find her routine.

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Find Your Routine: Don’t Leave Any Loose Ends

Find Your Routine: Don’t Leave Any Loose Ends

When it comes to coding and documentation, finding your own rhythm can lead to positive results. For our series, Find Your Routine, we interviewed our most productive coders and asked them what steps they take to find a rhythm that works for them. This week, we talked with Zahra Ghahremani​, CCS, Coding Specialist at Health Information Associates, about the steps she takes to find her routine.

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Coding Tip: Unspecified Condition Codes and Combination Codes

Coding Tip: Unspecified Condition Codes and Combination Codes

One area that coders struggle with is when to report a separate condition code when an already assigned combination code includes the condition. For example, if an obstetric patient is admitted and delivers, and the physician documents “obstetric patient delivered with anemia,” should both code O99.02 Anemia complicating childbirth and D64.9, Anemia, unspecified be coded or should only O99.02 be assigned?

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Find Your Routine: Set a Pattern, Follow it

Find Your Routine: Set a Pattern, Follow it

When it comes to coding and documentation, finding your own rhythm can lead to positive results. For our series, Find Your Routine, we interviewed our most productive coders and asked them what steps they take to find a rhythm that works for them. This week, we talked with Donna Cowan​, RHIT, CCS, Coding Specialist at Health Information Associates, about the steps she takes to find her routine.

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