In Coding
Dec 26th, 2018
When assigning a ICD-10-CM diagnosis code(s) for a surgical complication, report the code for the complication first, followed by any additional diagnosis code(s) required to report the patient’s condition. Example 1: Complication from a surgical procedure for treatment of a neoplasm. The complication is the listed first, followed by a code for the neoplasm or ...
Look to documentation for clues that tell you if a patient’s cancer is active or past history. By Emily Bredehoeft, COC, CPC, AAPC Fellow A hot topic in oncology is when to start coding history of cancer rather than active cancer. Luckily, ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting provides an answer. Section 1.C.2 Provides ...
In Coding
Jul 18th, 2014
Question: When does a “history of cancer” diagnosis begin? For example, if a patient has been diagnosed with cancer, does a “history of” diagnosis start immediately, or after a predetermined time? Answer: According to ICD-9-CM guidelines, “history of” means the condition no longer exists and no active treatment is being received (although the condition can ...