Getting Paid: Know How Unspecified ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Codes Could Hurt Your Practice’s Bottom Line

Unspecified ICD-9 codes should be avoided, according to Betty Hovey-Johnson, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CPC-H, CPC-D, AAPC’s ICD-10 director of development and training in a recent blog post for Getting Paid.

“It will become even more important to avoid unspecified codes once ICD-10 takes effect in 2014,” she said. “That’s because ICD-10 includes more granular codes, and payers will likely question physicians who aren’t taking advantage of this added specificity.”

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