tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2012 Issue 2

ICD-10: Diagnosis Coding Gets More Specific for Barrett's Esophagus in 2014

  Tip: Dig into dysplastic changes to narrow your code choices. Barrett’s esophagus is a common condition for patients with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). If your outpatient center includes endoscopy services, equip yourself with specifics on how to report this condition -- such as looking for dysplastic changes -- when ICD-10 codes come into play. Barrett’s incidence and risks: “There is presently a debate about the association of GERD and the risk of subsequently developing Barrett’s and then the risk of Barrett’s developing into a cancer at the gastroesophageal junction,” says Michael Weinstein...

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