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This is the fourth and final article in a series related to the key changes in the 2012 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. I’ll be picking up below from last month and a continuation of a summary of chapter-specific coding guidelines, starting with chapter 19.
In a previous article titled ICD-10: The Axis of Classification, we had indicated that one method for preparing your key stakeholders for the transition to ICD-10 was to break ICD-10-CM down into its basic components: chapters and axes of classification. This article will continue that theme in reviewing changes we…
Submitted by Precyse The ICD-10-CM diagnostic classification is more specific and provides a better clinical picture to support optimal quality of care and reimbursement. And by now most coding professionals know that ICD-10-CM has far greater granularity and more current healthcare information and, as a result, the language has changed…
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Last week I attended the ICD-10 Summit in Baltimore. The atmosphere was energetic, with a myriad of speakers, attendees, and vendors ready to share their experience and expertise related to ICD-10 readiness and implementation. Sessions were well attended and in many cases standing room only, especially surrounding the topic of…
The momentum is back for ICD-10 risk assessments, following the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) announcement of a one-year delay in implementation date. Although we are still in the 30-day comment period, the industry is ready to begin and/or continue its assessment efforts. That’s my one big “take…
I have been working with ICD-10-CM for about two years, creating educational resources and tools. With each ICD-10-CM draft update and with each new educational resource or tool I work on, I learn something new. Most recently I have been reviewing ICD-10-CM Chapter 2: Neoplasms (C00-D49). Last month I provided…
As healthcare payers and providers prepare for ICD-10, a key area of focus involves navigating the switch from ICD-9 diagnosis and procedure codes to the new code set. Converting from one code set to the other is challenging because the sets are so dramatically different. There are few cases in…