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…