Four takeaways you need to remember about ICD-10 injury codes
The ICD-10 codes used to classify injuries has gotten the most attention. And by attention I mean those diagnosis codes have become punchlines and memes.
Katherine Rushlau skips the jokes and "zany" labels to explain how the ICD-10 traumatic injury codes (S00-T14.9) are to be used. Some key takeaways:
- S codes describe injuries to a single body part.
- T codes describe injuries to unspecified body part (poisonings for example).
- If the physician can't determine intent for an injury, then it's accidental.
- Injury codes are organized site of injury then the type.
And here are a few resources to help you reinforce your ICD-10 knowledge:
- The Scary Sights of ICD-10: I know. You think ICD-10 coding is scary enough. But here's something to think about when picking out your costume. (Physicians Practice)
- TBT: Cardiomyopathy in ICD-10: When it comes to documenting the cause of the heart problem, ICD-10 doesn't seem to be an improvement. (ACDIS Blog)
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.