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Not Your Average Encounter: Quirky ICD-10 Codes

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2012


One look at the ICD-10-CM/PCS codebook proves that life is full of surprises. With ICD-10 stepping up the specificity of clinical codes, coders now have access to descriptions that can accurately capture even the most surprising of medical conundrums.


The increased specificity is....

Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Conditions

Author: Bielby, Judy A

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: August 2012



The coding of acute, subacute, and chronic conditions can be challenging. Acute conditions are typically sudden in onset or have a rapid onset in severe or sudden symptoms. Acute conditions often have a short course. Conversely, chronic conditions have a much slower course than acute condi....

ICD-10-CM Update 2012

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: July 2012


This article highlights the 2012 ICD-10-CM update as approved by the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee. The 2012 ICD-10-CM update includes the addition of new codes that already exist in ICD-9-CM, implemented in the FY 2012 ICD-9-CM update or recently incorporated into ICD-10 th....

There Are Critical Reasons for Not Further Delaying the Implementation of the New ICD-10 Coding System

Author: Averill, Richard F.; Bowman, Sue E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012

Abstract: On April 17, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a rule proposing postponement of the implementation date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis codes (ICD-10-CM) and procedure codes (ICD-10-PCS) by one year to October 1, 2014. An article in Health Affairs titled "There Are Important Reasons For Delaying the Implementation Of The New ICD-10 Coding System" asserts that the ICD-10-CM conversion will be "expensive, arduous, disruptive, and of limited direct clinical benefit." Contrary to the conclusions in this article, implementation of the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets will provide major advantages over the existing ICD-9-CM code set. Implementation is long overdue and will provide significant cost benefits. Any further implementation delay will increase the cost of the transition as well as perpetuate the costs and negative consequences associated with continued reliance on imprecise diagnosis and procedure information.

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