Health Information Management

Understand the physician perspective on ICD-10 and learn to help them through the transition

HIM-HIPAA Insider, December 21, 2015

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to HIM-HIPAA Insider!

When ICD-10 plans first became a reality, the first thing almost everyone focused on was the number of new codes. There should not be a strict emphasis on this fact. Although it is true that the number of codes has increased, the increase can be explained in the context of the concepts that have been added to each coding element. About one-third of the new codes are due to added laterality. Also, a single additional concept for a combination code will have a multiplicative effect. As an example, Crohn’s disease can be of the large intestine, the small intestine, both the large and small intestine, or an unspecified intestine (four locations). Adding one of seven complication concepts to each location of Crohn’s disease will multiply these four codes by seven, resulting in 28 codes. Yet Crohn’s disease did not change, nor did ICD-10-CM add 24 new types of Crohn’s disease pathology.

This article was originally published in
HIM Briefings (formerly Medical Records Briefing). Subscribers can access the full article in the December 2015 issue.

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to HIM-HIPAA Insider!

    Briefings on APCs
  • Briefings on APCs

    Worried about the complexities of the new rules under OPPS and APCs? Briefings on APCs helps you understand the new rules...

  • HIM Briefings

    Guiding Health Information Management professionals through the continuously changing field of medical records and toward a...

  • Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies

    Submitting improper Medicare documentation can lead to denial of fees, payback, fines, and increased diligence from payers...

  • Briefings on HIPAA

    How can you minimize the impact of HIPAA? Subscribe to Briefings on HIPAA, your health information management resource for...

  • APCs Insider

    This HTML-based e-mail newsletter provides weekly tips and advice on the new ambulatory payment classifications regulations...

Most Popular