Four takeaways you need to remember about ICD-10 injury codes

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
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:

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.