Location, location, location are keys to getting ICD-10 codes right

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
Location, location, location are keys to getting ICD-10 codes right

Much of the the specificity in ICD-10 coding comes from the location of the injury or illness. Getting ICD-10 codes right means getting laterality and or part of the body right. Medscape works through many of the changes and how to get many diagnoses correct:

  • Neoplasms: Part of body and laterality
  • Neuropathies and neural lesions: Limb and laterality
  • Pain: Part of body and lateralityDiseases of the eye and adnexa Laterality; lid conditions, upper or lower
  • Diseases of the ear: Laterality
  • Peripheral cardiovascular diseases: Part of body, laterality and complications
  • Skin conditions: Part of body and laterality
  • Musculoskeletal conditions: Part of body and laterality
  • Some breast conditions: Laterality
  • Injuries: Part of body and laterality

And here are a few ICD-10 coding problems to help you work through it:

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.