Coders have many more options to report diagnoses of the foot in ICD-10-CM, with the ability to include laterality, location, and other details related to the injury. Review the bones of the feet and tips for additional documentation details to note when choosing codes for foot fractures.
Providers frequently need to treat fractures in the ED, so coders need to be aware of the types of fractures and how to report them using CPT codes. Review types of fractures, treatment, and coding tips for reporting fractures in the ED.
Since the physician doesn't need to use a specific root operation term in documentation, coders should not rely solely on the term the physician uses. Coders need to know the definitions and the nuances of the root operations, especially those involving a device.
Editor's note: 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 occasional articles about specific anatomical locations and body parts as part of a larger series for ICD-10-CM preparation. This month's article addresses the anatomy of the urinary system.
Since portions of the reproductive system use some of the same structures as the urinary system, including the urethra, codes for conditions involving both male and female reproductive systems appear in Chapter 14 of ICD-10-CM, Diseases of the Genitourinary System.
The switch to ICD-10-CM won't bring many changes in the codes for reporting genital prolapse, but understanding the nuances of the diagnoses is key for choosing the correct code. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC, highlights terms to look for in documentation and provides a sample operative report to test your knowledge.
Blood tests are a common diagnostic tool for providers trying to determine a patient's condition. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, reviews the components of blood, detailing key terms and conditions coders should know to prepare for ICD-10-CM.
The anatomical definition of a body part may not be the same as the ICD-10-PCS identification of a body part. Jennifer Avery, CCS, CPC-H, CPC, CPC-I, Nena Scott, MSEd, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, and Gretchen Young-Charles, RHIA, explain the guidelines for selecting the appropriate body part and how body parts can affect root operation selection.
Editor's note: 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. This month's column addresses the anatomy of the thoracic cage.
With the increased specificity required for ICD-10-CM coding, coders need a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology. Review the anatomy of the thoracic cage and coding concepts in ICD-10-CM related to coding diagnoses of this region.
Coding for endovascular revascularization requires following a unique hierarchy and specific guidelines. Caren J. Swartz, CPC-I, CPC-H, CPMA, CPB , and Denise Williams, RN, CPC-H , look at the anatomy of the lower body and the necessary documentation to report these services.
While coders have two options to report patella fractures in ICD-9-CM, they will find more than 400 options in ICD-10-CM. Review the anatomy of the lower leg and ankle, as well as ICD-10-CM coding concepts, to learn how to choose the most accurate ICD-10-CM code.
The codes for reporting pelvic fractures in ICD-10-CM have expanded, due to added specificity and classification systems that may be new to coders. Review the anatomy of the pelvis to prepare for coding pelvic fractures in ICD-10-CM.
Coders have only two options for reporting fractures of the patella in ICD-9-CM, closed (822.0) and open (822.1). In ICD-10-CM, that number will jump to more than 400. Many of these options are the result of separate codes to denote laterality (right or left) in ICD-10-CM. However, the code set also includes options for specific types of fractures, increasing the importance of clear and accurate provider documentation.