How to start learning ICD-10-CM codes
The World Health Organization did not design the ICD-10 code set to be memorized. They expected healthcare organizations to use computer systems to look up and assign codes.
But there is a structure to ICD-10 coding that can be learned. If you start with learning the first character of an ICD-10-CM code — which is always a letter — it becomes easier and more efficient to assign a diagnosis code.
Take a look at the letters that start ICD-10-CM codes and see how it's applied in these examples:
- ICD-10: Code 733.11 Expands to 85 Choices in ICD-10: But you only need to know five codes for a disease-related humeral fracture. (justcoding.com)
- ICD-10-PCS CTM 2012 Sec 2 Q1: Which of the following key attributes is the one that provides the framework for all other structural attributes? (Journal of AHIMA)
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.