tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 12

Reader Question: Scan the Documentation to Arrive At a Specific Conjunctivitis Code

Question: We have been successfully reporting H10.10 for conjunc­tivitis since ICD-10 went into effect. However, it was denied for the first time last month. Has there been an update on this code that I am not aware of? Maine subscriber Answer: There has been no update on this code as such, but it could be that your payers want you to code more specifically now that the ICD-10 grace period got over in October 2016. So, H10.10 (Acute atopic conjunctivitis, unspecified eye) may not suffice anymore. Based on the cause of conjunctivitis, and which eye was...

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