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Excludes Notes

In ICD-10-CM there are two types of “excludes” notes. They are called “Excludes1” and “Excludes2”. Each type of note has a different definition for use

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Coding Salmonella

For coding purposes, Salmonella is in the ICD-10-CM alphabetic index under ‘Infection, Salmonella.’ Here we see selections for paratyphoid fever.

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Coding HCPCS Level II Modifiers

HCPCS Level II modifiers are required to add specificity to CPT procedure codes performed on eyelids, fingers, toes, and coronary arteries.

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Services Included in the Surgical Package

Medicare has classified major and minor surgeries and has determined what services are included and not included with the global package.

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Coding Intellectual Disabilities

To code for these types of intellectual disorders you would first code any associated physical or developmental disorders and then follow with the code

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Coding Critical Care

CPT bundles several services, such as cardiac output measurements (93598), typically required for critically ill or critically injured patients.

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Coding Sequela Codes

As per our ICD-10-CM guidelines, “a sequela is the residual effect (condition produced) after the acute phase of an illness or injury has terminated.

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Coding Pain

Coding postoperative pain is based on the provider’s documentation. Routine or expected postoperative pain immediately after surgery is not coded.

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Coding MRSA

Our ICD-10-CM guidelines layout coding MRSA under different circumstances. There are combination codes that report the infection and the causal agent.

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Coding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

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