Where to find some ICD-10 coding answers

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
Where to find some ICD-10 coding answers

Now that healthcare providers are using ICD-10 codes, some questions are coming up about using the diagnosis and procedure codes. There are a few places to find help online.

WEDI ICD-10 Issue Reporting System

What makes the Internet great is that it makes it possible to find people who have had the same problems you have. The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) Issue Reporting System is a place to find people with ICD-10 coding problems. And there are answers to the problems. Although the answers may be to check the ICD-10 Coding Guidelines or explain the question is a CPT coding issue.

If you give contact information (which I did not see included in the reported issues), WEDI says it will respond to you with a resolution to the issue.

This isn't an immediate solution although it look like some issues got answered within a day. It's a place to start.

AAPC Member Forums

Many of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) forums are available to the public but only members can post. The ICD-10 forum is a place to see if anyone has brought up your issue and addressed it. This resource could justify the cost of sponsoring the medical practice's coders membership to the AAPC.

ICD-10 Ombudsman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services named emergency room physician William Rogers as the agency's ICD-10 ombudsman to help healthcare organizations work out any ICD-10 issues.

This seems to be a stealth position. Besides the email address, there doesn't seem to be any sign of his work. It would be interesting to hear if anyone has had contact with the ICD-10 Coordination Center and what came of it.