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

13 Aug, 2020

Coding 99215: A Surefire Way to Avoid Getting Down Coded

Medicare can pretty much do whatever they want and audit pretty much just about whatever they decide to do. They have been doing this CERT audits on 99215 and other high-level E/M codes. One year, it may be a 99214 with a 99233 or it may be the 99215. They kind

15 Jul, 2020

What Is The Correct Order For Sequencing Vaccine Codes?

Q: “What is the correct order for sequencing vaccine codes? Do you sequence the vaccine first and then the route of administration? What order should be followed? A: ​Regrettably, there isn’t a specific guideline that answers this question and there isn’t anything in the CPT Manual that tells you how 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