Coding in an ICD-10 World

Despite the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10, the basic rules of coding will remain unchanged. In fact, trained coders will actually see a number of similarities in how the two code sets are used. The key to getting comfortable with the new code set is to understand how the expansion under ICD-10 allows for more specific codes to report laterality, episode of care, trimester and clinical details.

With this new coding resource guide A Comparison of the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM Code Sets, practices can get familiar with the details of ICD-10 and learn the ins-and-outs of all the major changes and additions. As an AAPC-approved ICD‐10 instructor, I developed this helpful resource to provide physician practices with a detailed comparison of the ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets, as well as review chapter-specific guidelines and answer common questions, such as:

  • What is the easiest way to locate a code?
  • Why does the level of detail matter?
  • What are the new documentation requirements?
  • What do the new chapters cover?

Taking advantage of training and documentation resources like these can prevent costly denials and reimbursement delays down the road.