tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 1

ICD-10: Collar Carpal Tunnel Coding with the Correct Additional Character

Look to the tabular index for your best choice. When a patient suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), she has a compression neuropathy. This can cause paresthesia, pain, numbness, and other symptoms in the distribution of the median nerve, possibly due to its compression at the wrist in the carpal tunnel. The ICD-10-CM Alphabetic Index directs you to G56.0- for carpal tunnel syndrome. The dash indicates that the code needs additional characters, so you must look in the Tabular Index for complete information. Once there, the ICD-10 system offers more clarity with separate codes for unspecified upper, right...

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