Coders and clinicians often seem to speak different languages. What a clinician considers important information may not be what a coder needs to assign the correct code. Clinicians may not document a piece of information that is vital to the coder. Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC, CENTC, Joseph Nichols, MD, and Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, explain how clinicians and coders can work together to improve communication.
With the increased specificity required for ICD-10-CM coding, coders need a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology. To help coders prepare for the upcoming transition, we will provide an occasional article about specific anatomical locations and body parts as part of a larger series for ICD-10-CM preparation. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, takes coders on a trip through the digestive system.
Coders will need very specific information in order to code for fractures in ICD-10-CM, including the type of fracture, specific bone fractured, and whether the patient is seen for an initial or subsequent visit. Robert S. Gold, MD, Sandy Nicholson, MA, RHIA, and Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, detail the information physicians must document for accurate fracture code assignment.
QUESTION: We are a small anesthesia group and we are concerned about the specificity for ICD-10-CM. If we submit a claim with an unspecified code and the surgeon submits a claim with more specificity, will we still get paid?