tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2017 Issue 9

Diagnosis Coding: ICD-10's Little Words Make Big Differences

Watch out for these changes to ICD-10's general coding guidelines for FY 2018. Looking to fine-tune your diagnosis coding and your systems as you prepare for the ICD-10 code changes that take effect October 1, 2017? Pay close attention to the little words in the coding guidelines and how they'll be changing as we start a new year of ICD-10 coding. Reminder: The diagnosis coder's ultimate guide to the little words that make big differences is the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, which is revised annually. The document begins with 19 ICD-10 coding "conventions," several of...

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