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What you need to know about the 2011 ICD-9-CM codes

HIM-HIPAA Insider, October 5, 2010

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Every October 1, new ICD-9-CM codes take effect. Others are revised or deemed invalid. What do you need to know about this year’s batch of new codes?

MRB consulted with experts Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CCDS, director of HIM and coding at HCPro, Inc., in Marblehead, MA, and Robert S. Gold, MD, CEO of DCBA, Inc., in Atlanta, to bring you the highlights.
 
One code that stands out among the others is 278.03 (obesity hypoventilation syndrome [OHS]), says McCall. That’s because there previously hadn’t been a way to code for the condition other than nonspecific code 278.8 (other hyperalimentation). Referencing this condition was also a problem because it was indexed under Pickwickian syndrome and not OHS.  
 
Note: To read more, visit the HCPro website. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefinghave access to this article in the October issue of their newsletters.



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