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Thread: Need some imput, please.

  1. #1
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    Apr 2007

    Exclamation How do you code a nonunion in new pt with ICD-10?

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    We have a new patient being seen because of a pubic ramus/stress fracture nonunion and pain in the SI joint/buttock area. Her fracture was treated by a different physician and she is outside the global period.
    My question: when coding with ICD-10 for the pubis fracture nonunion, what 7th digit should we use? A for initial encounter for closed fracture, or
    K subsequent encounter for fracture with nonunion? I'm not sure how to code nonunion for a new patient.
    Any imput will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, and happy new year to all.
    Last edited by IABallou; 01-17-2011 at 03:02 PM. Reason: Need to get coders' attention!

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    Apr 2007
    Lubbock, TX

    Default Just curious...

    Why are you already coding ICD-10? Just for practice?

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    Apr 2007


    Yes, I'm practicing while performing an audit of my physicians' documentation and coding ICD9 versus ICD10 so I know what areas will need the most training for my docs. I still need some opinions/advice on how to code nonunions in new patients. Any recommendations?


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