Don't you just love a new (ICD-10) book?

Don't you just love a new (ICD-10) book?

My 2017 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual came today!

With just over 3 weeks until ICD-10's revisions for 2017 replace the current ICD-10 version, UPS dropped the box on my doorstep. Whew! I need that to get ready for thousands of ICD-10 diagnosis code changes that take effect October 1, 2016 with the implementation of ICD-10-CM's 2017 edition.

With hospice still suffering regulatory whiplash from recent diagnosis-coding-related changes, hospice agencies are (or should be) scrambling to beef up ICD-10 diagnosis code assignment accuracy to avoid rejected or RTP claims.

And for home health, CMS was a little late updating case-mix (payment-related) ICD-10 diagnosis code information. Lucky for me, though, my manual's publisher (DecisionHealth) tucked inside a supplemental page, "Case Mix and NRS Update to your 2017 Home Health ICD-10-CM Coding Manual" so that I can update my book.

With 452 ICD-10 diagnosis codes with new case-mix value (30 of them manifestation codes) and 43 ICD-10 codes that lost case-mix value, the supplement is a life saver! The codes that lost case-mix status are skull and facial bone fractures with unspecified site designations, sequelae of Cranial nerve damage, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Once again, specificity and active treatment win.

Still scrambling to prepare for the changes?

Maybe I can help with that.

Sept 27 and 28, I'll teach an ICD-10 update workshop for UAHC and UHPCO in Utah.

To allow as many hospice and home health professionals as possible to participate, the workshop will also be available by simultaneously broadcast webinar. Sign up for the one that best suits you needs.

Take care,


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