The implementation of ICD-10-CM will bring more specificity to coding, which will mean more data for facilities. Michael Gallagher, MD, MBA, MPH, and Andrea Clark, RHIA, CCS, CPC-H, look at how to handle that data and its benefits for providers and patients.
Like the skin, dermatology coding has several layers. Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-H, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CPCD, says that coders need to pay attention to the type of procedure, site, size, and more in order to accurately report each encounter.
With less than a year until ICD-10 implementation, many facilities have yet to even begin training. A recent Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists survey shows how far along facilities are and their concerns as October 1, 2014, nears.