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Prepare for increased queries in ICD-10 PCS

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 15, 2015

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ICD-10-CM will still allow coders to report unspecified codes. However, coders will not have that option in ICD-10-PCS. Every character has to have a value.
"You don't have the option of putting a Z wherever you want just because you don't know that value," says Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CDI education director for HCPro, a division of BLR, in Danvers, Massachusetts.
The biggest growing pain is going to be figuring out what CDI specialists will need to query compared to coders, Ericson says. "We have to find that threshold of when are we nitpicking versus what's relevant."
Continue reading "Prepare for increased queries in ICD-10 PCS" on the HCPro website. This article originally appeared in the June issue of Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies.

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