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Six Steps for Successful Angioplasty Coding in ICD-10-PCS

Angioplasty is a relatively simple procedure in concept: insert a balloon into an occluded artery, expand it, and the result (hopefully), is a patent vessel. The ICD-10-PCS codes for angioplasty are not so simple. Since PCS codes have seven characters, there are...

New ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes Effective April 1, 2022

With the publication of the Final Rule for the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for fiscal year 2022, CMS announced that beginning April 1, 2022, ICD-10-CM/PCS code updates will occur twice a year every April 1 and October 1. For this year, there is a...

It’s not rocket science, but it is brain surgery!

The work of a neurosurgical coder encompasses many different types of procedures and takes you all over the CPT book. There are sections for work on the spine, the spinal cord, nerves, and brain. Since March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness month, we decided March...

The X-Factor

Publication: For the Record

In the United States, 14 states and the District of Columbia currently allow individuals to choose a third gender option—specifically, the nonbinary gender marker X—on state-issued birth certificates. The nonbinary designation includes “any person who does not identify with a gender that falls within the traditional male/female or man/woman category” as well as intersex individuals. Hear from CEO, Mary Beth Haugen, on this situation and the discrepancies that it is causing for patient matching. | Read More.

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