tci E/M Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 5

Reader Questions: Don't Rely on 'Other' ICD-10 Codes

Question: Though there are many crosswalks between ICD-9 to ICD-10, there are many codes that do not have a direct match. Will ICD-10 also offer ‘other’ or ‘other specified’ choices for conditions that have no definitive codes described? Montana Subscriber Answer: When ICD-10 goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2015, you will see that not all codes in ICD-9 have a direct crosswalk to ICD-10 codes. “There are instances where there is not a translation between an ICD-9-CM code and an ICD-10 code,” CMS says on its website. “Examples include ICD-10-CM code Y71.3...

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