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This is the third in a series of articles related to the key changes in the 2012 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. I’ll be picking up below where I left off last month, which is with a summary of chapter-specific coding guidelines.
As baseball spring training is already underway, it seems appropriate to quote a New York Yankees Hall of Famer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. Yogi Berra once said “It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.” Yogi might be known as…
Any suggestion that your organization can survive the transition to ICD-10 by insulating your systems and processes should be flatly rejected. The collective solution approaches of payers (commercial and government) and providers (institutional and professional) will drive the operational continuity of the healthcare industry and improve the value we deliver…
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…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the implementation of ICD-10-CM may be delayed beyond the scheduled Oct. 1, 2013 date. Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) have been getting ready for the implementation of ICD-10-CM through education for hospital departments, physicians, clinicians and coders. Now is not…
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement regarding the possible delay of the ICD-10 implementation date has caused great uncertainty in the industry. It’s truly overwhelming for most, as “Delay, or no delay?” is the question many have asked and grappled with during the last month. The…
A pathological or fragility fracture is defined as a fracture sustained due to trauma no more severe than a fall from standing height, with the break occurring under circumstances that would not cause a fracture in a normal, healthy bone. In ICD-10-CM there is one code to indicate a personal…
In our 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 by reviewing changes we…