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ICD 10 Codes for Acne

Although acne is one of the most common skin conditions amongst teenagers, it can affect people of all ages. A chronic, inflammatory condition of the skin, acne causes pimples and spots, with upper arms, neck, chest, back, shoulders and face the most commonly affected areas. Commonly occurring during puberty; it affects nearly 85% of people between 12 and 24 years of age in the US.

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ICD 10 Coding and Documentation for Dermatology

Clinical documentation has been around for centuries. There are records from the 18th and 19th centuries that show the detailed observation and findings recorded by doctors of that time. However, clinical documentation has undergone drastic changes over the years. In the early days, clinical documentation was used as a record of the patient’s diagnosis and treatment for future reference.

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Understanding ICD- 10 coding

Understanding ICD-10 Coding

The latter end of 2015 saw a significant change in medical coding. The standard ICD-9 (International Classification of diseases, Ninth Division), which had been in use for over three decades was upgraded to ICD-10. This new classification comes with a set of significant upgrades and changes, for example ICD-10 coding uses a wider,

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Flexibilities to end October 1st

ICD-10 Flexibilities to end October 1st

After ICD-10 went live on October 1, 2015; CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) allowed a one year grace period for ICD-10 flexibility, to overcome the strong opposition from the AMA (American Medical Association) to ICD-10 implementation. For the one year period, even though a more specific code existed, CMS allowed healthcare providers to submit claims with a valid code from the ICD-10 three character category,

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ICD-10- CM Code

ICD-10-CM Code (M62.84) for Sarcopenia Announced

Effective October 01, 2016, the code M62.84 will be used by the healthcare community for sarcopenia, thus recognizing it as a distinctly reportable condition.  The AIM (Aging in Motion Coalition) announced this ICD-10-C code, as established by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

What is Sarcopenia?

Defined as a combination of low muscle mass,

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Florida Hospital Gains $72.5 Million due to Clinical Documentation

Florida Hospital Gains $72.5 Million Courtesy its Clinical Documentation Improvement Program

Once an informal process that received significant attention at just a few hospitals; Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) is now the backbone of an organizations financial viability.  Essential for patient safety, proper and accurate reimbursement, quality ratings and more, a strong CDI program will ensure documentation integrity – a key factor in the ICD-10 transition. 

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Why you need a CDS System

Why you need a CDS System designed for ICD-10

The main reason for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 was greater documentation precision.  However, if the diagnostics is documented by clinicians at a lower level than what ICD-10 supports, it may result in submission of financial claims that are lower.  Such documentation will also cause a patient’s medical record to lack details, resulting in incomplete information for future providers. 

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New ICD-10 Codes

5,500 New ICD-10 Codes from October 2016

The medical billing coding system is about to get larger and tougher – with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adding 1900 diagnosis codes and 3651 hospital inpatient procedure codes to the ICD-10 coding system for fiscal year 2017.  As it is, there are 68000 billing codes under ICD-10,

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