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Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, November 1, 2009

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There are also 32 new V codes and 175 new E codes, with some concentration on psychosocial family ­statuses, a few new personal history codes, and expansion on the screening laboratory services. The E codes saw the greatest number of additions with the new Activity codes (E000–E030). This is the largest expansion of E codes in many years. E codes routinely have been reported to establish how and/or where accidents, injuries, and poisonings occur. With the Activity codes, the E codes will now state what the patient was doing when the injury occurred. At the request of the U.S. military, many new E codes cover injuries sustained in war.

Within the area of procedures, we introduce several devices presented for various organs (heart, liver, lung, colon) and codes for embolization of bioactive coils for occlusion of vessels and colonic stent insertion.

There are 43 revised ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes but no revised procedure code definitions for 2010.

The following text and explanations are based on the final publication of 2010 codes published online. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site at www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd9cm.htm for further information.

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