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This year's changes include opportunities to get paid for some services that were previously not billable.
The ICD-10 grace period has ended, so avoid using out-of-date and unspecified codes.
Will ICD-10 become just another reason for insurers to deny payment?
Test your knowledge of ICD-10 coding and documentation requirements for five diagnoses you're likely to encounter in family medicine.
Our tour of ICD-10 continues with the minor injury codes you’re likely to use in family medicine.
This overview of the common gastrointestinal disorders in primary care will help you get ready for ICD-10 and avoid, say, K30 – indigestion.
Once you understand a few peculiarities, you'll be ready to code common diseases of the respiratory system.
FPM's ICD-10 coding series continues with a look at how to code immunizations, routine health exams, and common preventive screenings.
To find the correct code for a symptom, sign, or test result, pay close attention to ICD-10's exclusion, code-first, and inclusion notes.
In ICD-10, hypertension has a limited number of codes that, on the surface, may appear to make coding this condition relatively simple, at least compared to some of the other ICD-10 complexities. There are only nine codes for primary hypertension and five codes for secondary hypertension. However, as is often the case, the devil is in the details. For example, ICD-10 assumes a causal relationship between hypertension and chronic kidney disease, but you must document the relationship between hypertension and heart disease. Additionally, all of the hypertension codes require an additional code if the patient is a current or former tobacco user. If hypertension is secondary to another disease state, code the underlying condition as well as one of the secondary hypertension codes.