Just Coding: Specificity key to neoplasm coding in ICD-10-CM
With ICD-10-CM’s official date set at October 1, 2014 it’s time for most coding professionals to ramp again and get into that ICD-10 frame of mind. AAPC Director of ICD-10 development and training Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CPC-H, CPCD recently wrote for Just Coding on the subject of neoplasm coding in ICD-10, and the similarities it presents to ICD-9.
“Neoplasm coding in ICD-10-CM is similar to the current ICD-9-CM coding,” she wrote. “Most benign and all malignant neoplasm codes are found in chapter 2 of ICD-10-CM, just as in ICD-9-CM. The ICD-10-CM manual includes many guidelines regarding the proper way to code them.”
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