Due to the high volume of new ICD-10 procedure and diagnosis codes released on October 1, 2016, the CMS was unable to update all of the PQRS measures. As a result, CMS will not penalize eligible providers or group practices that fail “to satisfactorily report for CY [calendar year] 2016 solely as a result of the impact of ICD-10 code updates on quality data reported for the 4th quarter of CY 2016.”
The codes for pathologic fractures with osteoporosis require a seventh character to indicate episode of care. Coding professionals will need additional details to capture the correct codes in ICD-10-CM.
Following the release of the new ICD-10-PCS codes last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surprised the industry today by also releasing updates to ICD-10-CM, effectively ending the five year ICD-10 code update freeze initiated to ease the healthcare industry into the new code set.
By Michael Stearns, MD, CPC, CFPC, and Richard Loomis, MD, CPC: This article will discuss and provide examples of how ICD-10 benefits clinical medicine by providing clinicians with accurate information during physician-patient interactions, when it most needed.
Tune in to this monthly online coding column from Melanie Endicott to learn about challenging areas and documentation opportunities for ICD-10-CM/PCS. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this month’s column discusses the greater specificity of ICD-10-CM in tracking breast cancer.