Confusion persists for the coding of vaping. The issue of vaping continues to generate national and international headlines. On Sept. 18, a teen from London, Ontario in Canada suffered a severe case of pulmonary illness after using e-cigarettes daily. This marked the first reported case in Canada.   In the U.S.,…
Confusion persists for the coding of vaping. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating vaping-related illnesses that have recently been reported. There are 450 confirmed or suspected cases in 33 states. The first death was reported on Aug. 23, 2019, in Illinois. The concern has escalated…
Diseases and procedures are hitting the news.  Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that 35 people had reported seizures (R56.9) after using electronic cigarettes (F17.290). The seizures were considered adverse events and involved children and young adults. Seizures are possible side effects of nicotine poisoning (T65.221-). The…
Audits are being conducted by payers on being cost-effective with “wastage” of medication. When it comes to the JW modifier for discarded medication, there are things of which you might not be aware, especially, the administration of expensive pharmaceuticals such as chemotherapy. The verbiage that everyone is familiar with is…
A lesson in coding and policy.Medical marijuana, or cannabis, as it is commonly referred to in the healthcare field, is allowing chronically ill patients to relieve painful, often debilitating symptoms legally instead of taking pills many claim do little to ease severe pain. The widespread acceptance of marijuana as a useful…
Senate Republicans will not vote to repeal and replace Obamacare. Congress must still deal with many other healthcare initiatives before Sept. 30. Who doesn’t love a good to-do list? But when it comes to what Congress is looking to accomplish in September, let alone before the end of the year,…
The week of May 15-21 is the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Prevention Week, which this year has a theme of “Strong as One: Strong Together.”On May 18, Administration officials will focus on the prevention of prescription and opioid (synthetic narcotic pain medications) drug misuse. This…
In December, the movie “Concussion” was released.  It tells the intriguing story of an investigation into repetitive concussion injuries and the National Football League (NFL).