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Pay-per-view: ICD-10-CM coding: Start with the structure

APCs Insider, April 20, 2012

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The transition to ICD-10-CM is coming, even though it may be delayed until October 1, 2014. Despite the delay, coders and other HIM professionals must continue to prepare for the transition.

Coders must remember that the diagnostic conditions won't necessarily be new, says Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, director of coding and HIM at HCPro, Inc., in Danvers, Mass. Instead of relying on memory for the appropriate codes, coders will need to manually look up codes (or use an encoder) to choose the correct code. This step will be necessary until coders become accustomed to the new system, says McCall.

To locate an ICD-10-CM code, coders should look up the main term in the Alphabetic Index or Table of Drugs and Chemicals, and then verify the code assignment in the Tabular List, says McCall. Coders should also consider any instructional notes pertinent to the category of codes they assign.

Continue reading “ICD-10-CM coding: Start with the structure” on HCPro’s website. Briefings on APCs subscribers have free access to this article in the April issue.

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