Embrace the specificity of ICD-10-CM codes

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

If you haven't started learning ICD-10 coding, the thought of trying to master 68,000 diagnosis codes seems intimidating.

Sue Bowman, RHIA, CCS, senior director of coding policy and compliance for AHIMA, tells Michelle A. Leppert that all those ICD-10 codes will make it easier for medical coders to find the code they need. That level of specificity will take the guess work out of figuring out the correct diagnosis code.

This is a weekly feature that I use to highlight practical tips on how to use and understand ICD-10-CM/PCS codes. Please let me know of any other sources that I can include.