Cracking the Code
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Overlapping Body Layers
For ICD-10-PCS procedure codes, there are different codes provided for incision and drainage of skin & incision and drainage of subcutaneous tissue, fascia
Newborn Patient Admitted to Observation with Ruled-Out Condition
Sometimes, newborns are admitted for observation and evaluation of suspected conditions. Per ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding
IV Hydration Guidance
As a medical coder, it is very important to have a firm understanding of when to report and how to accurately report hydration procedures.
Per ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting FY 2021, section B3.3 instructs to code the procedure to the root operation performed
Principal diagnosis for observation converted to inpatient status
Selection of the principal diagnosis is crucial for correct DRG assignment and reporting of the patient’s condition.
Principal Diagnosis Guidelines – Two Interrelated Conditions
The interrelated conditions refer to diseases in the same ICD-10-CM chapter or manifestations characteristically associated with a certain disease.
PFIZER & MODERNA CPT Vaccination Codes
The interrelated conditions refer to diseases in the same ICD-10-CM chapter or manifestations characteristically associated with a certain disease
Updated COVID-19 Diagnosis
Effective immediately as of January 1st, 2021, there are new diagnosis codes pertaining to COVID-19
Discontinued Procedures for PCS Codes
Per ICD-10-PCS Coding Guidelines Section B3.3, it is appropriate to code the procedure to root operation performed if intended procedure is discontinued
Accurately Reporting Newborn with Complications
When coding the birth episode in a newborn record, a code from category Z38, liveborn infants should be assigned as the principal diagnosis.