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

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

Coding Course

Diagnostic Radiology Online Coding Course

Midnight Medical Coding will be offering an online diagnostic radiology coding course starting in January 2019! This course focuses on x-ray CPT coding. You'll learn the most common codes, how to look them up in the book and you'll practice coding HIPAA compliant reports. The course is done at your own pace and I'm always… Continue reading Diagnostic Radiology Online Coding Course

coding challenge

Coding Challenge 7

Please code the CPT and ICD-10-CM code for this report. This report is HIPAA compliant and does not contain PHI.   Exam- Right hip including pelvis 2-3 views Date- June 4, 2018 #1111222222 Exam-Hip x-ray right including pelvis 2-3 views Clinical History- Right hip pain Comparison- hip x ray 2/4/17 Technique- 2 views of the… Continue reading Coding Challenge 7

coding challenge

Coding Challenge 6

Please read the report below and code the CPT and the ICD-10-CM Code. Please keep in mind that these reports are designed to be as realistic as possible, but everything is HIPAA compliant so the information is not real. *For the tomo, please use the HCPCS code. *************************************************************** Procedure- Bilateral Diagnostic Mammogram with Tomo History-… Continue reading Coding Challenge 6

Youtube tutorial

X-Ray Coding–A Walk-Through With Examples

If you're new to radiology coding, or just want to learn more about it, this is a good video for you to watch. It is a quick 5 minute tutorial where I go over the format of an x ray report and the elements that should be included. There is also a practice report in… Continue reading X-Ray Coding–A Walk-Through With Examples

coding challenge

Coding Challenge 5

Please code the ICD-10-CM and CPT code for this report. To check your answers, click the link at the bottom of the report. ABC Hospital Patient Name- Jon Doe Date- 1/1/18 Referring Dr- Dr Smith Exam- US Renal ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Procedure- US Renal History- Routine check of renal cysts Technique-2D images Findings- Complete evaluation of the… Continue reading Coding Challenge 5