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Pay-per-view: ICD-10-CM anatomy refresher: Femur

APCs Insider, April 4, 2014

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The number of codes in ICD-10-CM can be overwhelming. ICD-9-CM contains just 32 total codes for fractures of the femur, while ICD-10-CM includes 48 possible codes for reporting fractures of an unspecified part of the neck of the femur (S72.0-) alone.
However, many of the additions simply relate to laterality, as fractures can be coded to the right leg, the left leg, or an unspecified leg in ICD-10-CM. The other possibilities largely result because of the specificity available in ICD-10-CM for reporting different fracture classifications and encounter types (initial, subsequent, or sequela).
Continue reading ICD-10 anatomy refresher: Femur on HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the April issue.

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