tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 5

ICD-10: Learn These Foundational Phrases That Build ICD-10 Code Sets

Good news: Many go-to terms will be familiar to your staff. The focus for many physicians and coders as they prepare for ICD-10 implementation is how a common diagnosis will be reported under the new system. But don’t overlook some of the most important foundations of ICD-10: key terminology and coding conventions. To begin getting to know the ICD-10-CM code set, crack open your coding manual or access the codes online at Then, start to familiarize yourself with the nuances that distinguish one code from another. Seventh character: The seventh character may be a...

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