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Coding Guidelines

Can You Code Symptoms And A Definitive Diagnosis Together?

If you've been an outpatient coder for a while, you may know the answer to this off the top of your head. However, if you're new to coding, you may not, so I thought it would be helpful to go over this guideline real quick. Before we even get started, I just wanted to say… Continue reading Can You Code Symptoms And A Definitive Diagnosis Together?

Questions

Diagnostic Radiology Coding Questions?

Hey Everyone, For this weeks blog post, I thought I'd have you guys ask me questions. What questions do YOU have about diagnostic radiology coding? It can be about CPT, ICD-10, guidelines etc. Is there anything you'd want me to answer? Please post in the comments below or send me an email at midnightmedicalcoding@gmail.com. I'll… Continue reading Diagnostic Radiology Coding Questions?

Diagnostic Radiology Coding Basics

10 Things You Need To Know Before Coding Diagnostic Radiology

For this week's post, I thought I'd talk about just some general things relating to diagnostic radiology coding.  Bear in mind, this isn't the be-all-end-all, everything-you-need-to-know guide. This is just what I would tell a new coder who had limited experience with this specialty in a nutshell. First things first--radiologists can be vague in their… Continue reading 10 Things You Need To Know Before Coding Diagnostic Radiology

modifiers

Difference Between Modifiers 76 and 77

For this week, I thought I'd talk about 2 common modifiers used in diagnostic radiology--modifier 76 and 77. Let's be honest though--talking about modifiers is probably not the most exciting coding thing to talk about--but it's important. I'll do my best to explain it in such a way that you actually read the whole article… Continue reading Difference Between Modifiers 76 and 77

ICD-10 Coding Tips

Beginners Guide To Coding Fractures Using ICD-10-CM-Part 2

Ok, as a follow up to last weeks post about 7th character A, for this week I thought I'd talk about 7th character D and more just about fracture coding in general. Here is a pic from my book:   Please see the pic where I have the star. It says 7th character D is… Continue reading Beginners Guide To Coding Fractures Using ICD-10-CM-Part 2

ICD-10 Coding Tips

Beginners Guide To Coding Fractures Using ICD-10-CM- Part 1

I have to admit, I was a little disturbed this week after reading through comments on a Facebook post. The post was about the different 7th characters and what they mean and when to add them. This is something that can be confusing for sure. The question was fine--it was the answers that scared me… Continue reading Beginners Guide To Coding Fractures Using ICD-10-CM- Part 1

CAC

Will CAC (Computer Assisted Coding) Replace Medical Coders?

So, here's a question I see posted in different FB groups every once in a while--Will CAC (Computer Assisted Coding) ever replace medical coders? There is a long and short answer. The short answer is No. The longer answer--still No, but there's more to it than meets the eye. We all know there are some… Continue reading Will CAC (Computer Assisted Coding) Replace Medical Coders?

Midnight Medical Coding Stars

Practice Report To Code

Everyone knows that coding takes practice, right? I mean it would be really nice if we just woke up one day, and knew how to code all the different specialties. (I admit I still have nightmares about learning how to code E/M).   Looking back, I remember a teacher I had who used to say,… Continue reading Practice Report To Code

ICD-10-CM Book Tabs

How To Tab The ICD-10-CM Book

For a long time, I didn't tab any of my coding books. Well, wait that might not be entirely true. I used to have 1 tab for the Neoplasm Table and that's it. Not sure why I never put the time in to tab the books the right way. But the long and short of… Continue reading How To Tab The ICD-10-CM Book

common coding mistakes, ICD-10-CM Coding Tips

ICD-10-CM Coding Tip About The M50 Series

Say what you will, but there are tons of ICD-10-CM Codes used for the different spine conditions. Even if you are not a newbie coder--it can be confusing. This post is not about all the different codes, but just one specific note for the M50 series. If you look at M50, you will see, 'Note:… Continue reading ICD-10-CM Coding Tip About The M50 Series