World Diabetes Day is November 14th

November 14, 2016

In observation of World Diabetes Day. -Click to read more about this event! Diabetes Diabetes is a number of diseases that involve problems with the hormone insulin. Normally, the pancreas (an organ behind the stomach) releases insulin to help your body store and use the sugar and fat from the food you eat. Diabetes is a condition where there is too much sugar in the body for long periods of time….

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New Guidance on 7th Characters ‘A’ vs. ‘D’ in ICD-10-CM

September 29, 2016

7th Characters were a new concept introduced in the first issue of ICD-10-CM in October of 2015. Various chapters of ICD-10-CM use a 7th character for different reasons. For example, in the eye chapter, the 7th character is used to identify the stage of glaucoma, in the OB section a 7th character is used to identify which fetus is involved, and in injuries, a 7th character is used to identify stage…

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New Guidance on Excludes1 for ICD-10-CM Effective October 1, 2016

September 29, 2016

In October of 2015 there was new guidance on Excludes1 and the intention of the instructional note. Although the general ICD-10 instruction at that time was that an Excludes 1 note means you cannot code two conditions together, the National Center for Health Statistics posted an exception on their website. The NCHS is one of the 4 cooperating parties for ICD-10, and is responsible for posting the ICD-10 code book…

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New Guidance on the word “with” in ICD-10-CM Effective DOS 10/1/2016

September 29, 2016

Under new guidance from ICD-10-CM, the term “with,” when used in the Alphabetical Index, Tabular, or instructional notes, was only used by ICD-10-CM authors when two conditions are normally associated with one another clinically. This means that the provider does not need to demonstrate a cause and effect relationship whenever the word “with” is found in ICD-10-CM as a descriptor in the Alphabetical Index, Tabular, or instructional notes. A. Conventions for…

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Clarity on Laterality for ICD-10-CM Effective Oct. 1, 2016

September 29, 2016

New guidance is offered in the new ICD-10-CM for 2017 that is effective October 1, 2016 on laterality. There have been some questions on which side to assign codes when one side vs. another is being treated or addressed or repaired. These new guideline clarifications can be found below in blue: B. General Coding Guidelines 13. Laterality When a patient has a bilateral condition and each side is treated during…

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New NIH Stroke Scale Codes in ICD-10-CM Effective DOS Oct 1 2016

September 29, 2016

There is an updated section of ICD-10-CM effective October 1, 2016 regarding the newly added NIH Stroke Scale (NIHSS) codes that have now been added this year to ICD-10-CM. The NIHSS can be used as a clinical stroke assessment tool to evaluate and document neurological status in acute stroke patients. The stroke scale is valid for predicting lesion size and can serve as a measure of stroke severity. The NIHSS has been…

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