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Get Ready to Reprogram Your Z79.899 Coding Brain

We all have those codes that we’ve memorized – the ones that we assign on autopilot when we read certain documentation. For many coders, that code is Z79.899, Other long term (current) drug therapy. It is the catchall code when the patient is or has taken a medication...

Tips & Expertise: CPT Coding for Wound Repair

Q: How do you code for a through and through lip laceration when the mucosa, subcutaneous tissue, and skin are all repaired? Can you report code 40650 with a code for the skin repair?​A: Assign only code 40650 for repair of a through and through lip laceration. This...

Ten Things to Know About 2023 E/M Changes

Shea is a consultant for The Haugen Consulting Group with 11 years of health care industry experience. Shea has experience working on the professional fee side of coding, auditing, education and compliance serving coders and...

The Wonders of Wound Care Coding

Last year’s wound care webinars dove into the proper coding of wound care and offered several resources.  We received so many fantastic follow-up questions that we felt it would be best to share and elaborate on them in another webinar.  Questions surrounding...

Tips & Expertise: Clinical Meets Codes: ICD-10-CM Coding for Sepsis Q&A

Q:  When a patient has sepsis due to COVID-19, is the sepsis code always sequenced first? A:  No. Sequencing depends on whether the sepsis was present on admission and meets the definition of principal diagnosis. If a patient presented with a COVID-19 infection and...

Using Default Codes: You’re Not Diagnosing the Patient

Have you ever wondered about the default codes guideline for ICD-10-CM? Guideline I.A.18. states: A code listed next to a main term in the ICD-10-CM Alphabetic Index is referred to as a default code. The default code represents that condition that is most commonly...

Foot and Ankle: Don’t get your tendons in a Wad!

​For many years I struggled coding foot and ankle procedures. I would ask myself: “Is this tendon a flexor or is it an extensor?” “Hmm... what does it do?”  “Is this a ligament or is this a tendon?”    Of course, back then we didn’t have internet and had to utilize...

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