10 Sep, 2020

Unofficial Online CPC Exam FAQ

The AAPC is now offering Online CPC® Exam Testing with their partner, Examity. With this new 2020 announcement has come many questions, concerns, and experiences. We've been listening to our student feedback closely and we've put together this unofficial AAPC Online CPC® Exam FAQ so examinees can get some answers to

12 May, 2020

How to Code Laterality in Multiple Osteoarthritis Sites

Question: “My question is in regards to ICD-10 coding of OA (osteoarthritis) when multiple sides are listed with laterality i.e. left knee, left shoulder, right hand. Is it appropriate to code each one out, OR should the multiple OA code be used?” Answer: For this one, when we’re talking about osteoarthritis,

7 Apr, 2020

How to Code Vaccines With Different Components Like Pentacel?

The question was, “How do we code for vaccines that have lots of different components in them?” Pentacel is a great example of this. Pentacel is a vaccine used to improve immunity against diphtheria, haemophilus influenzae type B, pertussis, polio, and tetanus, all serious diseases caused by bacteria or viruses. So

15 Mar, 2020

Medical Coding Case: Dislocated Nursemaid’s Elbow

The Medical Coding Case: A 4-year-old is brought into the ED crying. He cannot bend his left arm after his older sister pulled it. The physician performs an X-ray and it shows the patient has a dislocated nursemaid's elbow. The ED physician reduces the elbow successfully. The patient is able to

11 Feb, 2020

Hypertension and Heart Disease vs Hypertension and CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease)

We had some questions from students regarding hypertension. They were confused about hypertension and CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease), and hypertension and heart disease. We talk extensively about this in the PBC Course so that is where we are going to cover it the most. I10 Is the First Code You Learn

16 Jan, 2020

General Coding Guidelines – Sequela (Late Effects) Examples and Answers

In this article, we're going to go over three (3) example cases and assign them the sequela and late effect. As a reminder, a sequela is the residual effect (condition produced) after the acute phase of an illness or injury has terminated. There is no time limit on when a sequela

14 Dec, 2019

Diabetes Mellitus DM Coding Tips for the CPC Exam

Let’s talk about the "DM" code. This is going to be the basis of most of your training for diagnosis codes. You’re going to convert everything. Almost every example to be given out of your diagnosis code are in diabetes. All of the guidelines and stuff seem to revolve around diabetes

12 Nov, 2019

2020 CPT Manual Yellow Dots Explained

Did you recently receive your 2020 CPT Manual with yellow dots all over it? Was it a misprint? Did you maybe receive a bad copy of your CPT Manual? Read more2020 CPT Manual Yellow Dots Explained