tci E/M Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 5

ICD-10 Coding: Hone in on Proper Migraine Diagnoses With 4th-Character Smarts

Here’s why character No. 4 is the major player for migraines. Getting a bead on the proper diagnosis code for your E/M services was hard enough with ICD-9, but ICD-10 makes things even more challenging with an explosion of more specific codes for migraine headaches. Benefit: Despite the challenges, ICD-10 is certainly a benefit both to patient and provider: More specific diagnoses during E/M services could lead to more expedient or more specific treatments, which might improve patient outcomes. There is a learning curve to mastering migraine ICD-10 coding, however. Coding for migraine patients is highly granular; you&rsquo...

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