Laterality needed in CPT and ICD-10 codes
Redundancy is rarely desired. But when it comes to medical coding, it seems to be still be a virtue.
Since laterality is now a detail communicated in ICD-10-CM, it would seem that it would take care of the need to document laterality in Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. At least that was the thinking that behind an AAPC ICD-10 Forum question.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have addressed this clearly in one of its ICD-10 overviews:
"While ICD-10-CM codes have expanded detail, including specification of laterality for some conditions, you should continue to follow CPT and CMS guidance when you report CPT/HCPCS modifiers for laterality."
Even so, medical coders shouldn't give healthcare payers any reason to deny claims.
Here's a round up of recent articles and posts on how to code diagnoses and procedures in ICD-10:
— ChartWise Medical (@ChartWiseMed) November 30, 2016
W26.1XXA - Contact with sword or dagger, initial encounter
Today I learned that ICD-10 includes "Contact with sword or dagger." pic.twitter.com/xm98DULMSo
— RorJacques (@jpmarcotte) December 4, 2016
— Exit's Revolution (@ExitsRevolution) December 1, 2016
— Sycofanatic (@RadiahV) December 1, 2016
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.