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ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Diabetes

Per FY 2021 ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, there is updated information in the section pertaining to the chapter specific guidelines

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Initial vs Subsequent: The 7th Character

There is confusion about when to assign the seventh character for diagnosis codes S00-T88 with “A” for initial encounter or “D” for subsequent encounter

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NIH VS GCS Stroke Scoring

In the medical coding field, there is often confusion about when to report the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale and Glasgow Coma Scale Score

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Observation Service Code Observations

Patients are commonly ordered for observation services when they present to the emergency department

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Coding Permanent Dual-chamber Pacemakers

Typically, SSS is treated with an implanted pacemaker. A pacemaker consists of a small, battery-powered generator and one or more leads.

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Getting to the Point of an IVR Lumbar Puncture

Interventional radiology (IVR) uses minimally invasive image-guided procedures (such as x-ray fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging

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Updated Glasgow Coma Scale Guidance for FY2021

For FY2021 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, CMS revised the guideline for the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS).

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Coding Diagnostic vs Therapeutic Procedures

If main objective is to establish a diagnosis for the patient prior to starting any kind of treatment, then it is considered to be a diagnostic procedure

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Coding for Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is the most common type of liver disease. Most of the patients who have cirrhosis develop esophageal varices due to scarring throughout the liver

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Coding Obstetric Complications That Span Trimesters

When an obstetric patient is admitted to a hospital for complications of pregnancy during one trimester, remains in hospital into a subsequent trimester

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