Tune in to this monthly online coding column, facilitated by AHIMA’s coding experts, to learn about challenging areas and documentation opportunities for ICD-10-CM/PCS.
There is some misconception when it comes to coding denials.
Since coding production has stabilized following ICD-10 implementation, coding vacancies seem to be remaining open a little longer, and online discussion threads are full of “I have my credential but everyone is looking for experience” posts.
Chronic obstructive bronchitis and emphysema are two conditions that comprise COPD. Both are commonly caused by smoking, and many patients have features of both conditions and the two often occur together.
What should providers do to avoid unnecessary denials?
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