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Tip: Coding kidney stones in ICD-10-CM

APCs Insider, March 27, 2015

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Urolithiasis (ICD-10-CM categories N20-N22) is a condition in which hard masses, or calculi, collect in the urinary tract. Coders will need to know the location of the calculi within the urinary tract to report the most specific code. For example, a calculus of the kidney is reported with N20.0, while a calculus in the urethra is reported with N21.1.
 
This tip is adapted from “ICD-10-CM anatomy refresher: urinary system" in the March issue of Briefings on APCs.



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