Practicing with PCS: Too Many Brats

It’s October 1, 2013, the first day the ICD-10-CM/PCS codes are required in practice. It is also a landmark day for fictional 45-year-old John Smith.

At first Smith thought he’d had one mustard-covered brat too many. But the chest pain he initially brushed off as heart burn worsened, leading Smith to fear it may be the first indication of serious heart problems. Smith raced to the local emergency room, and doctors rushed into action.

Follow the ICD-10-PCS code assignment in this slideshow adaptation of the March print “Addendum” column.

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