tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 7

ICD-10: Brush Away Ambiguity With a Succinct ICD-10 Code for Pressure Ulcer

Find stage, location, and side in one code for pressure ulcer. The codes for pressure ulcers are one of the great improvements you’ll find as you make the transition to ICD-10. The new code set will combine the stage and location of pressure ulcers into one code, plus allow you to indicate the side affected. With the greater specificity of the codes in ICD-10, you can report the specific site and stage of the ulcer succinctly and completely using just one code. However, how do you report ulcers in separate locations of the same stage or separate stages...

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