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Pay-per-view: ICD-10-CM lower leg anatomy refresher

APCs Insider, August 15, 2014

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Coders have only two options for reporting fractures of the patella in ICD-9-CM, closed (822.0) and open (822.1). In ICD-10-CM, that number will jump to more than 400.
 
Many of these options are the result of separate codes to denote laterality (right or left) in ICD-10-CM. However, the code set also includes options for specific types of fractures, increasing the importance of clear and accurate provider documentation.
 
Code options for fractures of other bones of the lower leg have also greatly expanded. Reporting these injuries will require not only precise documentation, but also may require coders to brush up on their anatomy.
 
Continue reading ICD-10-CM anatomy refresher: Lower leg on HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the August issue.



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