Coding

The neoplasm chapter in ICD-10-CM has undergone some significant changes. Just as in ICD-9-CM, neoplasms are classified primarily by site and behavior (benign, carcinoma in-situ, malignant, uncertain behavior and unspecified). However, in ICD-10-CM there are additional classifications that are now grouped by morphology (histologic type). Therefore, selecting the most specific…
There are a growing number of pathogenic microorganisms that are resistant to some or all of the drugs previously used to treat the infections they cause. Until the 2012 ICD-10-CM draft version was released, drug-resistant infections were captured with a single code: Z16, Infection with drug-resistant microorganisms. Even Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of articles addressing the definitions and differences between the Medical and Surgical Root Operations. Let's review what we covered so far. In the Medical and Surgical section (first character 0), there are 31 root operations using standardized terminology with no procedure…
I know that coders are feeling a little overwhelmed by the prospects of having to learn not one, but two completely new coding systems: ICD-10-CM for diagnoses and ICD-10-PCS for procedures. In this article I want to discuss some ways that we as individual coders can make the transition to…
"Hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver, and the term also refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver. The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
To begin, let’s look at similarities and differences between the format and structure of ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM. ICD-9-CM ICD-10-CM Three digit categories Three character categories Four digit subcategories Four or five character subcategories Five digit subclassifications No subclassifications Three-, four- or five-digit codes Three, four, five, six or seven character…
Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells, which provide oxygen to body tissues. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, iron deficiency anemia is the most common known form of nutritional deficiency.
With ICD-10 on the horizon, there’s a lot to think about from a coding, reimbursement and compliance perspective. For a moment, however, let’s take a step back and a deep breath. Think big-picture: what is the goal of every healthcare provider? Being an old vet myself, I know it’s to…
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