Four ICD-10 Coding Mistakes To Avoid

Now that ICD-10 is almost six months old, coders are figuring out which mistakes are the most common.

ICD-10 codes are very specific and large in numbers compared to ICD-9. Because of the specificity and large numbers, coders should be careful how they used ICD-10 codes.

Let’s take a quick look at some of those that a coding website reported:

1. Secondary codes for Pregnancy Complications: There are Z3A category codes to indication period of gestation

2. Check Excludes 1 and Excludes 2: Some ICD-10 codes cannot be used together

3. Be Careful with using Injury Codes: Mostly, get the initial, subsequent and sequela encounters straight

4. Using Z codes in ICD 10: These are mostly secondary codes but can be used as primary diagnoses in rare occasions

 

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