Choosing the correct root operation may be one of the most challenging aspects of ICD-10-PCS. Sandra Macica, MS, RHIA, CCS, and Kristi Stanton, RHIT, CCS, CPC, define some of the root operations in the surgical section of ICD-10-PCS and explain when to report them.
Many organizations are concerned about the expected drop in coder productivity after the transition to ICD-10. Angie Comfort, RHIT, CDIP, CCS, discusses the pros and cons of using computer-assisted coding to help offset those productivity losses.
Change is consistently a part of HIM and coding. Rules, regulations, and codes change yearly and sometimes quarterly. Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, reveals why the switch to ICD-10 is different from the annual changes coders are used to and how coders and organizations can prepare.
Three out of four providers have completed only 25% or less of their ICD-10-CM/PCS conversion process, according to an ICD-10 snapshot survey conducted by the Aloft Group in February. However, CMS and others are busy helping to ensure that providers and payers are ready for the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS.
Q: Using the ICD-10-CM guidelines for the seventh character extensions for fracture codes, how should I identify each of the following? Avascular necrosis following fracture Cast change or removal Emergency treatment Evaluation and management by a new physician Follow-up visits following fracture treatment Infection on open fracture site Malunion of fracture Nonunion of fracture Medication adjustment Patient delayed seeking treatment for the fracture or nonunion Removal of external of internal fixation device Surgical treatment