tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 11

ICD-10 Training: Delve Deeper Into Open Foot Wounds With More Anatomically Specific Codes

Specify right or left, ankle or foot. The next time you code an open foot wound, get ready to dig for specifics in the documentation. Under the ICD-10 diagnosis coding system, you have codes based not only on whether the wound is complicated or has tendon involvement, but also based on which foot is involved and what type of wound it is. Wrap Up Open Ankle Wound With 18 Options ICD-10gives 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...

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