Updated on: June 22, 2021

Faster Way for Coders to Memorize New Codes

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Original story posted on: June 21, 2021

Rewind:  ICD-10-CM by the Alphabet

I like to review the ICD-10-CM by the alphabet at least once per year as it provides an easy way to memorize ICD-10-CM codes or at least the chapters.     Last year, I did this review in table form.  This year, I thought that I would do the review using pictures.

Chapter 1 is Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (A-B), and the mnemonic is Advancing Bugs. 
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Neoplasms are in Chapter 2 and include the beginning letters of C and D.   The mnemonic is Cancer and Death.
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Chapter 3 (Diseases of Blood and Blood Forming Organs and Certain Disorders Involving the Immune Mechanism) which includes the last portion of the D codes.   The mnemonic is Dracula.
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The Endocrine, Nutritional, and Metabolic Diseases are found in Chapter 4.   These codes begin with E and the mnemonic is Endocrine.
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Chapter 5 (Mental, Behavioral, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders) begins with the F.   The mnemonic is Freud.  
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The Diseases of the Nervous System are found in Chapter 6 and the codes begin with letter G.   The mnemonic is “Gittery”. 
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Chapter 7 includes the Diseases of the Eye begin with “H” and the mnemonic is Hyphema. 
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The Diseases of the Ear and Mastoid Process have a mnemonic of Hearing.   These “H” codes can be found in Chapter 8.  
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Chapter 9 contains the Diseases of the Circulatory System.   These codes begin with “I” and the mnemonic is Infarction.  
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Chapter 10 contains Diseases of the Respiratory System.  These codes begin with the letter “J”.   The mnemonic is “Just Gasping”. 
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Chapter 11 is halfway through ICD-10-CM and begin with “K”.   The mnemonic for Chapter 11 representing Diseases of the Digestive System is “Knot in Stomach”.   
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Chapter 12 codes begin with the letter “L” and have a mnemonic of “Lipoma”.   The Diseases of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue are represented with this picture:   
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Chapter 13 includes Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and begin with letter “M”.   The mnemonic is “Musculoskeletal”.  
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The Diseases of the Genitourinary System begin with the letter “N” and can be found in Chapter 14.   The mnemonic is “Nocturia”.  
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 Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Puerperium codes begin with “O” and can be found in Chapter 15.    The mnemonic is “Obstetrics.
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Chapter 16 (Certain Conditions Arising in Perinatal Period) codes begin with “P” and the mnemonic is Newborn.  
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Congenital Malformations, Deformations, and Chromosomal Abnormalities are found in Chapter 17.   The mnemonic is Quirky, and the codes begin with “Q”. 
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Chapter 18 contains Signs, Symptoms, and Abnormal Clinical and Laboratory Findings.   These codes begin with “R” and the mnemonic is “Relative Symptoms”.  
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The Chapter 19 codes are “Simply Traumatic” that begin with letter “S and T”.   The title of this chapter is Injuries and Poisonings. 
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Chapter 20 codes represent the External Cause Codes and begin with letters “V, W, X, and Y”.   The mnemonics for this chapter of Vehicle, Whoops, eXposure, and whY.  

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Chapter 21 (Factors Influencing Health Status) codes begin with letter “Z”.   The Z codes have a mnemonic of Zero Problems.  
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The newest chapter is Chapter 22 which is titled Codes for Special Purposes.   These codes begin with the letter “U” and the mnemonic is “Unusual”...
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While the mnemonics do not provide the entire code, it is a mechanism to know the approximate meaning for the ICD-10-CM code.    Please enjoy the association.

Programming Note: Listen to Laurie Johnson live every Tuesday during Talk Ten Tuesdays, 10 Eastern.

Resources: 2021 ICD-10-CM Manual

 

 

Laurie M. Johnson, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

Laurie M. Johnson, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer is currently a senior healthcare consultant for Revenue Cycle Solutions, based in Pittsburgh, Pa. Laurie is an American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer. She has more than 35 years of experience in health information management and specializes in coding and related functions. She has been a featured speaker in over 40 conferences. Laurie is a member of the ICD10monitor editorial board and makes frequent appearances on Talk Ten Tuesdays.