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Part 3: Cross the ICD-10-CM 2020 Update Finish Line With Chapters 18-21

10. July 2019

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Feeling energized for the last post in our ICD-10-CM 2020 update blog marathon? Today we’ll wrap up our overview of the main changes in each chapter of the diagnosis code set by covering symptoms, fractures, and more. Read Part 1 for news about Chapters 1-10 and Part 2 for Chapters 11-17. Chapter 18: Pick Up […]

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Part 2: Tackle ICD-10-CM 2020 Updates for Chapters 11-17

8. July 2019

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You know the highlights of ICD-10-CM 2020 updates for Chapters 1-10 from our last blog post. Now let’s dig in to some of the big points from Chapters 11-17. We’ll wrap up with Chapters 18-21 in Part 3. Remember: These updates are effective Oct. 1, 2019. Be sure your ICD-10-CM resource has the latest codes […]

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Part 1: What’s New in ICD-10-CM 2020, Chapters 1-10?

3. July 2019

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ICD-10-CM 2020 is out now so you can prepare to start using the new code set Oct. 1, 2019. The Tabular List addenda PDF is 36 pages long to fit in 273 new reportable codes along with new subcategories, deletions, revisions, and some very important instruction changes. We’ll cover major points from each ICD-10-CM chapter, […]

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PDPM: Snap Up This ICD-10-CM Knowledge for Your SNF

17. June 2019

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The Patient Driven Payment Model is bringing new importance to the ICD-10-CM code set for SNFs. Here’s where the diagnosis codes will come into play. Get a Quick Overview of the PDPM The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is a new case-mix classification system that will replace the Resource Utilization Group, Version IV (RUG-IV), effective […]

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Coding Smarts: Be a Diabetic Neuropathy Vocab Champ

5. June 2019

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Roughly 25 percent of people over 65 in the U.S. have diabetes, and about half of people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage. So there’s a good chance you’ll need to know the terms used for diabetic neuropathy ICD-10-CM codes at some point. Be ready with this quick list of medical definitions. Are […]

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Site, Timing, Trauma: 3 Top Areas to Watch for Osteoporotic Fracture

3. June 2019

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Before you report an ICD-10-CM code for a patient with osteoporosis who has broken a bone, take a moment to make sure you’ve applied these three (and a half) tips for more accurate coding. 1. Take a Break From Coding Site (Unless There’s a Break) Site is not a component of M81.- (Osteoporosis without current […]

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Clear Up Coverage Questions for Medicare’s Hepatitis B Screening

17. May 2019

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The percentage of people who have hepatitis B but don’t know it could be as high as 67 percent, and the opioid epidemic is fueling an increase in infections, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). That’s one reason screening is so important. Medicare’s coverage rules for hepatitis B screening are specific, […]

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5 Things to Know About K57.- for Diverticular Disease of Intestine

10. May 2019

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ICD-10-CM provides more than 20 codes for diverticular disease of the intestine, so you know attention to detail is the key to success! Here are five areas to watch to improve your coding accuracy. 1. Eat Your Wheaties Before You Tackle Documentation ICD-10-CM includes a lot of codes for diverticular disease under K57.-, so you’ve […]

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Your Secret Decoder for ICD-10-CM Notes Has Arrived!

18. April 2019

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I’ve been working with ICD-10-CM notes recently, like Excludes1 and “code first.” One thing coders have to know about those notes is that they come with qualifiers. Let’s look at some of the not-so-obvious meanings of these ICD-10-CM notes. Excludes1 Means “NOT CODED HERE!” Unless … ICD-10-CM Excludes1 notes originally came with the explanation that […]

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Before You Pick a Pain Code, You Need to Know These Official Guidelines

15. April 2019

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ICD-10-CM is picky about pain coding, and it’s no wonder considering all the possible variations. Fortunately you can turn to the 2019 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (OGs) to keep your coding skills sharp. Today we’ll take a look at some of these pain pointers. Walk a Fine Line for Pain Related to […]

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