Do you want to know why there is an ICD-10 code for that?

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

If you ever wondered how there got to be so many ICD-10 diagnosis codes, clear your schedule for Thursday.

The ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday to discuss proposed changes to the ICD-10-CM/PCS code sets. They're going to address ICD-10-PCS codes Wednesday and ICD-10-CM codes Thursday. For example, the tentative agenda Thursday includes:

  • Vaccine and prophylactic immunotherapy administration
  • External cause codes for over exertion; repetitive motion
  • Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE)
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Childhood Asymmetric Labium Majus Enlargement (CALME)
  • Longitudinal Vaginal Septum
  • Prepubertal Vaginal Bleeding
  • Prepubertal Vulvovaginitis
  • Transverse Septum
  • Interruption of Aortic Arch
  • Congenital malformations of aorta
  • Observation and evaluation of newborns for suspected and ruled-out conditions
  • ICD-10-CM Addendum

You can listen in via webcast or dialing in at 877-267-1577 (Meeting ID: 993 955 453). But remember what they say about politics and sausage.

You don't really want to see how either is made.

Strategies for getting docs ICD-10 ready

  • Provide training based upon specialty and top 20 most frequently used ICD-9 codes.
  • Focus documentation on ICD-10 specificity now.
  • Test as soon as possible.

(Hospitals & Health Networks Daily)

The Complicated Anatomy of ICD-10-PCS

  • There is concern that medical coders will nor be prepared for ICD-10-PCS coding.
  • Medical coders need feedback and guidance on choosing the correct procedure codes.
  • More advanced training and practice is needed.
  • ICD-10-PCS terminology doesn't match physician terminology.
  • As usual, adequate clinical documentation can be a hurdle.
  • Software solutions can be a great help.

(For The Record)

Why every American should care about the ICD-10 delay

  • ICD-10 codes will be integral to value-based revenue models.
  • ICD-9 coding hinders global public health tracking.

(Healthcare IT News)