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Tip: How to report activity codes in ICD-10-CM

APCs Insider, October 9, 2015

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Code category Y93 in ICD-10-CM provides coders with many activities to identify what exactly the patient was doing when he or she became injured. This is very similar to ICD-9-CM codes E001–E030.

Dancing, yoga, gymnastics, jumping on a trampoline, and cheerleading all have their own codes, and this is just one subcategory.

Code Y93.C1 (activity, computer keyboarding) could support a workers' compensation claim for carpal tunnel syndrome. Code Y93.82 (activity, spectator at an event) could explain how the patient went to a baseball game and ended up with electrical injuries if it follows code T75.01xA (shock due to being struck by lightning).

And fair warning to those who insist on texting while driving; coders will report Y93.C2 (activity, hand-held interactive electronic device).

This tip is adapted from “Reporting ICD-10-CM external causes is no joke" in the October issue of Briefings on APCs.

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