tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 3

ICD-10: Ankylosing Spondylitis Coding Options Explode Under ICD-10

Providers will need to document spinal area for success. Patients diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (720.0) might come to your facility for treatment by a pain management specialist, orthopaedist, neurologist, or other providers. When you encounter the condition, it’s important to know anatomic details in order to choose the correct diagnosis.  Refresher: Ankylosing spondylitis is an arthritic disorder of the spine. Indications of the condition include pain and stiffness of the neck extending to the lower back region. Over time, the spinal region may grow or fuse together, causing a rigid spine and limiting normal movement. Symptoms...

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