Encounter codes require knowing sequencing guidelines and Medicare exceptions. When applied correctly, Z codes improve claims accuracy and specificity, and help to establish medical necessity for treatment. That’s reason enough to get to know them better. The Importance of Z Codes Z codes, found in Chapter 21: Factors Influencing Health Status and Contact with Health ...
2018 ICD-10-CM coding updates expand your options for specificity. For 2018, ICD-10-CM Chapter 9: Diseases of the Circulatory System (I00-I99) includes expanded code choices for pulmonary hypertension. Let’s review what you need to know to report these conditions appropriately. Understand Hypertension Hypertension (high blood pressure) is when the force of the blood against the artery ...
Know the risks and educate providers of the new specificity for coding recurrent. For 2018, there is an important change in ICD-10 when assigning a diagnosis code for clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infection (CDI). CDI Is a Significant Threat Each year, healthcare treats close to 3 million episodes of CDI, an infection by an anaerobic, gram-positive, spore-forming ...
In Coding
Oct 16th, 2017
2018 ICD-10-CM includes many new, revised, and deleted diagnosis codes, some of which pertain to mental disorders. To save you the time it takes to cross walk these codes to their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) counterparts (or vice versa), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has done it for you. For 2018, there ...
In Coding
Aug 1st, 2017
Prepare for the newest procedure codes for use in hospital inpatient settings. For fiscal year 2018, ICD-10-PCS guidelines add approaches, qualifiers, body parts, and updates to accommodate 3,652 new codes, 1,821 revised titles, and 646 code deletions. With the total number of PCS codes increasing from 75,789 in 2017 to 78,705 in 2018, awareness of ...