Answer for Week of July 30, 2018

Question:  A 60-year-old female patient presents to the outpatient surgery area for a screening colonoscopy. She has no signs or symptoms, nor any personal or family history of...
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Coding Exercise, Week of July 30, 2018

Question:  A 60-year-old female patient presents to the outpatient surgery area for a screening colonoscopy. She has no signs or symptoms, nor any personal or family history of...
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Answer for Week of July 23, 2018

Question:  Patient is brought to the operating room with possible brain herniation. The surgeon performs a ventricular puncture through a previous burr hole without injection. A...
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Coding Exercise, Week of July 23, 2018

Patient is brought to the operating room with possible brain herniation. The surgeon performs a ventricular puncture through a previous burr hole without injection. A spinal needle is inserted through the skin and into the ventricle, and cerebrospinal fluid is...

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect In Medical Coding

We've all heard the phrase, "Practice Makes Perfect."  Well, I'm here to tell you that practice does not make perfect. Instead, "Perfect Practice Makes Perfect," according to Vince Lombardi. And that goes for just about anything. Hence, Perfect Practice Makes Perfect...

7 Benefits of Crossword Puzzles – Learn More While Having Fun

Do you want to get more from your medical coding education? You can learn more while having fun with crossword puzzles. Learning doesn't have to put you to sleep. There is no question that medical coding can be a challenge and difficult to learn at times. But there...

Answer for Week of July 2, 2018

Question:  Patient has congestive heart failure due to hypertension. Assign the ICD-10-CM code(s). Answer:  I11.0, I50.9 First of all, we need to know the coding guidelines related to hypertension and heart disease. According to the 2018 ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines,...

Coding Exercise, Week of July 2, 2018

Patient has congestive heart failure due to hypertension. Assign the ICD-10-CM code(s). See the answer and rationale here.   Related Answer from Previous Coding Exercise Resources page for more coding exercises...

Answer for Week of June 25, 2018

Question:  Patient with gender dysphoria is seen for psychotherapy today due to feelings of anxiety and high levels of stress. Patient was assigned female at birth but never felt comfortable with that identity, nor that of a male. Patient tells the psychotherapist...

Coding Exercise, Week of June 25, 2018

Patient with gender dysphoria is seen for psychotherapy today due to feelings of anxiety and high levels of stress. Patient was assigned female at birth but never felt comfortable with that identity, nor that of a male. Patient tells the psychotherapist that she...