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Pay-per-view: Start resolving ICD-10-CM questions

APCs Insider, May 15, 2015

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Many coders rely on the AHA's Coding Clinic advice to resolve sticky situations with ICD-9-CM coding. However, AHA will not be transitioning its current guidance to ICD-10-CM. Instead, in January 2014, AHA began focusing solely on ICD-10-CM questions to help clear up confusion prior to implementation.
Although Congress mandated an implementation delay in March 2014, AHA decided to continue focusing on ICD-10-CM questions. Coders don't have to throw out Coding Clinic advice for ICD-9-CM, but they do need to be careful when applying it in ICD-10-CM, says Nelly Leon-Chisen, RHIA, director of coding and classification for AHA in Chicago.
For example, Coding Clinic, Third Quarter 2009, stated that hypoxia is not inherent in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). When hypoxia is associated with COPD, coders may assign code 799.02 (hypoxemia) as an additional diagnosis if desired, Leon-Chisen says.
Continue reading "Start resolving ICD-10-CM questions" on HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the May issue.

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