Posts tagged ‘new codes’

August 16, 2011

I’m touring Texas!

Intermediate coders, get all the latest information on changes and the best coding education around. I’m

Highlights include:

  • Explain CMS guidance on sequencing.
  • Explain the relevance of OASIS C data items for diagnoses to payment.
  • Explain coding of diagnoses of infections, neoplasms, endocrine disorders such as diabetes, anemias, mental disorders, and the nervous system & sense organs.
  • Identify the differences between different kinds of ulcers.
  • Describe the purpose and appropriate use of V and E codes.
  • And tons more … including identifying new codes that will take effect October 1, 2011.

I will be in Dallas Aug. 24-25;  McAllen Aug. 31-Sept. 1; Houston, Sept. 7-8

IntermediateTourAugSep2011-1: Register and learn more!

June 30, 2011

New codes quiz time

It’s that time of year … the final new code lists are out, and we need to start learning. Here are some fill-in-the-blank to help you learn new codes: (Answers at the bottom)

1. Look up this main term to see changes to 416.8

2. You should use one or two additional codes (if you have documentation) with this new Infection of cystostomy code

3. Category 539 deals with complications of these procedures

4. Acquired absence of a joint now has this subcategory

5. Several codes, including chronic pulmonary embolism (416.2) and pulmonary embolism and infarction (415.1) now have excludes notes for these types of codes

6. Other infections with the central _____ catheter has new codes

7. This code now deals with aggressive behavior in dementia

8. Influenza codes in categories 487 and ___ have gotten more specific

9. *Local* infection due to central venous catheter is coded here

10. This chapter received a new title this year

11. There are more than 10 new codes and 20 revisions for this eye disease

12. NCHS’s correction addendum swapped out V54.81 with V54.82 when coding this V58 subcategory

13. V40.31, Wandering in diseases classified elsewhere, excludes Alzheimer’s and this symptom often association with Alzheimer’s

14. Complications codes are getting more complicated. Don’t code 596.8x with this urinary complications code

15. When coding some atherosclerosis codes, watch the use additional code note on some codes in this category

16. Pelvic fractures (808.5x) now have specificity for open or ______

17. This phrase is now used to describe the previously known “mental retardation”

18. For skin cancer codes, a fifth-digit of 2 designates squamous cell _____

More to come on new codes, but if you’re looking for the complete Index and Tabular listings, as well as the errata, go to this NCHS list.


1. hypertension; 2. 596.81; 3. bariatric; 4. V88.2; 5. personal history; 6. venous; 7. 294.21; 8. 488; 9. 999.93; 10. five; 11. glaucoma; 12. V58.9; 13. dementia; 14. 997.5; 15. 707; 16. closed; 17. intellectual disabilities; 18. carcinoma

August 12, 2010

2011 code thoughts

Go to the Musings of a Code-a-holic page to see my thoughts on the Oct. 1 changes!

June 9, 2010

The useful ICD-9 conversion table

Earlier today, NCHS released its updated Conversion Table of ICD-9 codes. Most of you probably have not heard of this, but it can be useful as you try to assess what code changes will actually mean to changes in your coding.

Every code change from 1986 to 2010 is listed in this table, and the table shows what codes have been replaced, or created in place of, others. For example, the stuttering codes (now called “fluency disorders) have been getting many updates and specificity improvements. P. 11 shows your that 315.35, Childhood onset fluency disorder) which is effective this October 1, is replacing 307.0, Stuttering. (307.0, as of October 1, will be Adult onset fluency disorder.

Any change for FY2011 is listed in bold in the table, and you can review older code changes throughout the table. It’s like a history of code changes in chart form.

The chart does not explain what changes (new codes, new titles, new specificity) are involved, but it will give you a clue and a key to looking at how your coding my change.

Looking for the conversion table?

May 26, 2010

New Codes Are Officially Out

The 2011 code changes are officially here!

The CDC and NCHS released all of the changes … additions, subtractions, definitions and wording adjustments … earlier today. After a link problem (you couldn’t get to the changes! you can now access changes.

The link incorrectly states that Errata has been posted, but it’s the Addenda for 2011.

Take a peek, and come back here for analysis …

Scroll down to the bottom for the addenda.