tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 3

ICD-10: Verify 3 Points to Break Down Jones Fracture Code Options

You’ll need more details for success in ICD-10. If an orthopedic surgeon treats a Jones fracture, you’re coding for a break in the base of the fifth metatarsal. That area of the toe has a very small blood supply, so disrupted blood flow can mean a longer healing time and might require surgical treatment. ICD-9 lists a single code for closed fracture of metatarsal bone(s): 825.25 (Fracture of metatarsal bone[s] closed). You report the same code for fracture in any metatarsal bone, first to fifth. Your choices will expand under ICD-10, however. Keep the following points...

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