After all these years, gallstone pancreatitis still appears to be a favorite topic for RAC audits. While code assignment for this condition is straightforward, determining which of the two codes to assign as the principal diagnosis can be challenging.
Your coding positions have been posted for months. You have been receiving applications, just not very many from experienced coders. Why not?
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.