tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 4

ICD-10: Get Specific With Site, Laterality, and Severity for Accurate Ulcer Coding

You will need to list the underlying cause before you code for ulcer. Diagnosis 707.9 (Chronic ulcer of unspecified site) in ICD-9-CM is a billable medical code for a chronic ulcer. The 30-year-old ICD- 9 system does not specify any site or type or severity, however, which means you report 707.9 for multiple situations. Transition to ICD-10 system: The new system of coding for chronic ulcer provides a wide range of option to choose from which makes the billing process much more streamlined, efficient, and accurate. Coding and documentation of chronic ulcers will be greatly expanded in...

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