ICD-10 Guidelines: Why coding for symptoms is not enough

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Perhaps it's helpful to remember ICD-10-CM codes are diagnosis codes. Read »

Why you should forget about memorizing ICD-10 codes

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For quite some time, I've been sharing coding examples to help people learning ICD-10 coding. Some of the examples have been created with a sense of fun. Read »

What's the ICD-10 code for being shocked by the AMA?

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How was your Halloween? Did you dress up as your favorite healthcare IT professional on Friday? Read »

How to code subsequent encounters with external causes

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ICD-10 opponents make a common mistake when belittling the ICD-10-CM code set. They think "subsequent encounter" means the patient re-encounters the diagnosis. ("How many times can you be sucked into a jet engine?") Read »

There's an ICD-10 code for that...

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I'm not against all ICD-10 jokes. This feature is proof that you can have fun with ICD-10 coding in a constructive way. Read »

ICD-10 training entails more than learning ICD-10 codes

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I hope you're getting some valuable information on how ICD-10 codes are organized through this series. Hopefully you're doing more. Read »

Why you need to learn ICD-10-CM codes instead of GEMs

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 In case you're tempted to skip ICD-10 training and rely on general equivalency mapping (GEMs) to convert ICD-9 codes, let me offer you some valuable advice. Read »

Yes, there are ICD-10 codes for enterovirus

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Maybe you won't need to treat, document or code a case of ebola. But there is another virus that's less dramatic but more common in the United States. Read »

Is this a good time to learn ICD-9 coding?

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This space on Mondays is dedicated to learning ICD-10 codes for obvious reasons. But I want to give a quick minute to learning ICD-9 coding. Read »

In addition to specificity, ICD-10 codes have a lot of certainty

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It seems strange that the ICD-10-CM guidelines require a lot of certainty when so little in life — and medicine — is certain. Read »

 
 

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