List ICD-10 codes in correct order to preserve medical necessity

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
List ICD-10 codes in correct order to preserve medical necessity

The order that diagnosis codes are listed do matter when it comes to reimbursement. And electronic health records (EHRs) might not choose the optimal order.

SuperCoder goes over which diagnoses need to be listed first on a medical claim according to the ICD-10-CM guidelines.

First, comes the diagnosis that is the reason for the encounter or the one that represents the highest risk to the patient's health.

The post continues with some examples worth working through.

Again, the EHR probably isn't ordering the diagnosis codes correctly.

 

Here's a round up of recent articles and posts on how to code diagnoses and procedures in ICD-10:

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.