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Pair These ICD-10 2018 Official Guideline Updates With Their Code Set Counterparts

18. August 2017

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The ICD-10-CM 2018 Official Guidelines are out and ready for review. When you check through the new OGs for changes, take special note of these updates that line up with 2018 code set revisions. Look at Level to Choose ‘In Remission’ Code When you start to apply new codes for substance abuse in remission (you’ll […]

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ICD-10 2018: This Is Why Documenting Site Matters for Undescended-Testicle Coding

15. August 2017

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Our initial overview of ICD-10-CM 2018 looked at specialties with a large number of changes. But there are plenty of important changes coming Oct. 1, 2017, that didn’t fit into that quick analysis. Case in point: Urology has some interesting new codes that will be important for anyone who reports services related to congenital undescended […]

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Add ICD-10-CM Accuracy to Your Repeat Pap Smear Claims

28. July 2017

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Right about now it feels like all eyes are on ICD-10-CM 2018 (and there are plenty of changes to deal with). But we’ve got to be sure codes for our current claims are accurate, too. Today let’s get back to basics with a look at how to handle diagnosis coding for repeat Pap smears. Zero […]

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Learn the ABCs (and Zs) of IUD Coding

30. June 2017

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Intrauterine devices (IUDs) for birth control are fairly common, but somehow the coding for IUD-related services isn’t as clear-cut as it could be. In today’s post, get to know the codes and a common coding hurdle to watch for. Go Through All the Code Sets to Find the Codes CPT® provides these codes for IUD […]

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ICD-10-CM 2018 Posted! Let the Update Games Begin

16. June 2017

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ICD-10-CM 2018 files are up on the CMS site! Here’s a quick overview of what’s coming when the new version goes into effect Oct. 1, 2017. (Looking for PCS? Click here.) Check Changes by the Numbers Based on the files posted, it looks like we’ll be dealing with more than 700 updates: 360 additions 142 […]

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Take a Peek at 2018 ICD-10-PCS Updates

1. June 2017

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It’s only June of 2017, but for coders that means it’s time to start watching for 2018 updates. ICD-10-PCS files are already available for review. This inpatient coding system, which changes to the 2018 version on Oct. 1, 2017, will see 3,562 new codes and 646 deletions for a total of 78,705 codes in the […]

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World No Tobacco Day – A Multispecialty View of Conditions Related to Tobacco Use

31. May 2017

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Get to Know Aftercare Z Codes: Official Guidelines and Examples

30. May 2017

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How many of the 15 pages on Z codes have you read in the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting? More than a page is devoted to aftercare visit codes in Section I.C.21.c.7. Here’s a quick refresher on what you should know about aftercare coding, including the ICD-10 twist for injury codes. The Basic […]

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Don’t Pack Away Those Flu Coding Skills Just Yet

10. March 2017

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It’s March, so stuffy noses may make you think more of allergies than the flu, but flu activity remains elevated in the U.S. And the MLN Connects from March 9 says “it is not too late to get vaccinated.” We’ve gone over coding for flu vaccinations in 2017. Now let’s take a look at ICD-10-CM […]

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Women’s Health in Focus – ICD-10-CM Codes for Encounters and Conditions Commonly Reported for Female Patients

8. March 2017

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What better time than International Women’s Day (March 8) to focus on women’s health? We’ve pulled together 15 common conditions and encounter-types in an ICD-10-CM infographic.

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