tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 4

ICD-10 Update: Pin the Abdominal Pains in the Outpatient Patients With R10 Codes

What is the trick of painless reporting of abdominal pain?  Hint: It’s simple to report but needs extensive investigation to pinpoint the reason for the complaint. Yes, we are talking about abdominal or stomach pain. Come October, you’ll find a fairly straightforward transition for this symptom in ICD-10. Take notice of the new codes introduced to give you more options for colic and severe abdominal pain. 1. Refresh Your Basics Abdominal pain is any pain that you may feel in the region between your chest and groin also referred to as the stomach or belly. The...

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