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

Friday, August 18, 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

Tuesday, August 15, 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

Friday, July 28, 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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ICD-10-CM 2018 Posted! Let the Update Games Begin

Friday, June 16, 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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Get to Know Aftercare Z Codes: Official Guidelines and Examples

Tuesday, May 30, 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

Friday, March 10, 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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8 Great Ways to Keep Your 2017 Coding On Target

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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Hello, 2017! The year we’ve been talking about for so long is finally here. Try these eight helpful hints to keep your claims clean and on track from the start. 1. Post Major CPT® Updates Front and Center Long-time coders may remember the days when Medicare offered a 90-day grace period to adjust to new […]

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Jingle Bells, Santa Fell, It’s W13.2-

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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Dear old Santa Claus has had to make yet another trip to the hospital! He’s doing well and, true to his generous nature, is sharing his records with one and all. PATIENT NAME: CLAUS, NICHOLAS “SANTA” DATE OF BIRTH: 12/25/0270 DATE OF SERVICE: December 12, 2016 CHIEF COMPLAINT: Ankle pain. HISTORY OF PRESENT ILLNESS: The […]

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ICD-10 Quick Quiz: What’s Your Thanksgiving Style?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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We’ve still got a little more than a week until Thanksgiving (although I had to double check after seeing my neighbor’s inflatable Santa village go up a couple of weeks ago). Here’s a just-for-fun ICD-10 quiz to predict how your Thanksgiving will go. 1. The day before Thanksgiving, you’re most likely to be: A. Cleaning […]

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Placeholders and 7th Characters: ICD-10 2017 Diabetes Update Puts the X in DX Code

Friday, November 11, 2016

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Eye coders got handed a lot of new codes with the ICD-10 2017 update. The already numerous codes for diabetes with ophthalmic complications pretty much quadrupled. Considering the changes simply allow you to specify the eye involved, the changes hardly seem surprising for a code set already known for being the champion of specificity. But […]

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