9 Fundamental Differences Between Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor

Parkinson’s disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET) are both movement disorders, with essential tremor being about eight times more common than Parkinson’s disease. Although they...
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Can You Name That Medical Term Ending in algia?

Which of these medical terms refers to muscle pain including a dull aching sensation in the muscle? Cephalgia Myalgia Neuralgia Arthralgia Answer = B. Myalgia Myalgia is...
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Sacral Neuromodulation /Stimulation Procedure Coding

Knowing the correct CPT code for a neurostimulator procedure can be tricky if you don't know the staged procedures and temporary vs. permanent placement. Follow along and I'll...
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Coding For Multiple E/M Services With the Use of Modifier 25

In this coding exercise, you will learn about CPT coding for multiple E/M services with the use of modifier 25, as well as CPT/HCPCS and ICD-10 codes related to rheumatoid arthritis and a joint injection.  Question:  A 51-year old female patient is seen for a...

3 Reasons To Know Medical Terminology

Scratching your head over Medical Terminology? Learn 3 reasons why medical coders need to know medical terminology.   Having a strong grasp of medical terminology is not just for physicians and nurses. Medical coders and billers need to understand it as well. In...

When Pigs Fly Doesn’t Matter To Your Success in Medical Coding

It’s really true! When Pigs Fly Doesn't Matter To Your Success in Medical Coding. Success is all about failing until you make the impossible possible!  We have all had self-doubt, and we have taken breaks from our studying when we probably shouldn’t have so we could...

Depression With Anxiety and Thoughts of Suicide in ICD-10

Depression can be a big problem in not only adults but in children and adolescents as well. This coding scenario involves assigning the appropriate codes for depression with anxiety and thoughts of suicide in ICD-10.  Question:  A 16-year-old male who has been seeing...

Metastatic Prostate Cancer to the Lungs and Which is Principal?  

When assigning and sequencing neoplasm codes in this scenario for metastatic prostate cancer to the lungs, you will need to know and apply the ICD-10-CM coding guidelines. Question:  A 67-year-old male patient with primary prostate cancer with metastasis to the left...

You Might Be A Medical Coder If…

Jokes aside, this has happened to me many times where I have gone to sleep dreaming about medical coding. And this may have been the case for you too! Especially after spending your days studying for a coding exam or coding patients' medical charts all day. Either...

Take the Anxiety Out of Coding For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Question: A 16-year-old female patient is seen today with complaints of severe anxiety, anger, flashbacks, and difficulty sleeping that has lasted four months. Patient was previously seen in the emergency room after sustaining a gunshot wound to the left shoulder....