Coders need to understand the different approaches for procedures in ICD-10-PCS because they're required and the new system does not include default or unspecified options. Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, Nena Scott, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, and Gretchen Young-Charles, RHIA, explain the different approaches and address gray areas for selecting the most appropriate character.
ICD-10-CM is similar to ICD-9-CM, but coders need to watch out for differences which could lead to incorrect coding. Nelly Leon-Chisen, RHIA, Gretchen Young-Charles, RHIA, and Sarah A. Serling, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CCS-P, CCS , discuss possible pitfalls for coding myocardial infarctions, neoplasms, and external causes in ICD-10-CM.
Many physicians remain reluctant to admit when a complication occurs as the direct result of the medical care they provide. Trey La Charité, MD , reviews hypothetical situations to help illustrate how coders and clinical documentation improvement specialists can handle complications.
Q: The primary physician documented subacute cerebral infarction and I am wondering whether I should code this to a new cerebral vascular accident (CVA) or not, since the term “subacute” doesn’t really fall anywhere.