Tag: ICD-10-CM Guidelines


ICD-10-CM Update Will Change the Way You Code

The April 2023 ICD-10-CM update adds many new codes for reporting external causes of injuries as well as expanded codes for reporting factors influencing health status more succinctly. But read the revised guideline for reporting social determinants of health (SDOH) before using these codes. Changes to the Tabular List In the ICD-10-CM Tabular List of […]
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Important Changes to ICD-10-CM Codes and Guidelines

New codes and updates become effective April 1. The updates to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS that become effective April 1 were released in mid-January. The updates include 42 new diagnosis codes. The significant changes to the ICD-10-CM guidelines are the following: A.19 – Code Assignment and Clinical Criteria This section has added a new sentence: “If […]
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When To Report an Incidental Finding

DOJ lawsuits may be your road map to risk adjustment compliance. The growing prevalence of risk adjustment in healthcare has forged new processes in documentation practices that have resulted in many organizations adopting practices that bend the cast iron rules for ICD-10-CM coding. We are starting to see some of the long-term dangers of ambitiously […]
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Resolve Initial vs. Subsequent Encounter Misconceptions

End the sequela struggle for when to include a 7th character with this primer. ICD-10-CM codes aren’t just for coding; they’re also used for payments, statistics, and other health information management activities. Therefore, some codes are designed to meet certain episode of care requirements that translate into costs. For example, a code describing an acute […]
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Top 10 ICD-10-CM Coding Errors

There are many rules and regulations medical coders must follow for diagnosis coding. Avoiding these 10 most common errors will improve your audit rate. 10. Coding straight from the index. Read the notes in the Tabular List to be sure your selection is correct. 9. Sequencing codes inappropriately. Code the underlying disease BEFORE the manifestation; […]
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ICD-10 Coding Guideline Changes For 2021

For 2021, there are 490 new, 47 revised and 58 deleted ICD-10-CM codes. We will cover the ICD-10-CM guidelines in this article and the ICD-10-CM code changes next month. There are several important changes to the guidelines, including those relating to COVID-19 coding. The updates for these were a little late this year due to […]
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CMS Revises Billing Instructions for Inpatient Covid-19 Claims

CMS provided clarification on submitting inpatient claims for patients diagnosed with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) without a positive viral test, in an update to MLN Matters SE20015 released September 11. Earlier this year, the CARES Act increased the MS-DRG weighting by 20% for a COVID-19 diagnosis. Although the CARES Act doesn’t specify that the diagnosis must be supported by a […]
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Coronavirus: What Every Medical Coder Needs to Know

On Dec. 31, 2019, as many of us here in the U.S. were celebrating New Year’s Eve, a pandemic quietly began in the Chinese province of Hubei. First identified in Wuhan, the provincial capital, coronavirus (more accurately known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV) has spread rapidly in the two ensuing months, resulting in infections, and even […]
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Updates to the 2020 ICD-10-CM Guidelines

Cliff notes for the FY20 ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. EDITOR’S NOTE: Senior healthcare consultant Laurie Johnson reported this story live during Aug. 13 edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. Last week, I announced that the 2020 ICD-10-CM guidelines were finally released on Aug. 6, 2019. I […]
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