tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 3

ICD-10: Dig Into Details - Including Laterality - to Wrap Up Foot Wound Coding

Multiple code options mean you need more specifics. You have many factors to consider when coding for ankle or foot wounds in ICD-10:  the type of wound, whether it is open or complicated, if tendons are involved, and the laterality of the foot. Code for Open Ankle Wound from 18 Options ICD-10 gives open wounds of the ankle its own series of codes (the knee and lower leg also get their own series), with specific codes for right and left ankle and the type of wound (laceration, puncture, open bite). 7th character: At the end of the six-character ICD-10...

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