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Tip: Check the notes for coding foot fractures in ICD-10-CM

APCs Insider, July 11, 2014

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Knowing the bones of the feet, and ensuring they're being properly documented by providers, is critical to assigning the most specific ICD-10-CM code.
The codes for fractures of the foot and toes, except the ankles, are located in series S92. Coders should first read the note included under this series, which directs that fractures not indicated as displaced or nondisplaced should be coded to displaced. It also states that if fractures are not indicated to be open or closed, they should be coded as closed.
This tip is adapted from “ICD-10 anatomy refresher: Feet” in the July issue of Briefings on APCs.

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