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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…
This is the second 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.
Despite the possible implementation delay of ICD-10, your organization should continue to work on preparing for the new code sets. Even if your organization hasn’t completed a full ICD-10 assessment, you can check some things off your to-do list now. For example, you can review current encounter forms and electronic…
In a previous article titled ICD-10: the Axis of Classification, I discussed a particularly simple method for preparing your key stakeholders for the transition to ICD-10. The method consists of breaking ICD-10-CM down into its basic components: chapters and axes of classification. This article continues that theme in reviewing the…
ICD-10-CM category R83–R89 codes classify abnormal findings on examination of “other” body fluids, substances and tissues, without diagnosis. Laboratory testing is performed on many types of body fluids other than blood, because samples such as urine, semen and amniotic fluid can provide more definitive diagnostic information.