ICD-10 questions? We have answers

mark-kaufmann-head-shot.jpgBy Mark D. Kaufmann, MD

It’s hard to believe that it has been only a little over three months since the implementation of ICD-10-CM. The ICD-10 Member to Member Community has been busy during this time assisting members with their ICD-10 related questions—and we have found that our members have many of the same questions.  

The ICD-10 Member to Member Community is an AAD member benefit that allows you to submit your ICD-10 coding questions. Academy coding experts will review and respond to  question within 48 hours of submission. I encourage all members to join the new community and ask your toughest ICD-10 questions. 

Below is a sample of questions asked in the community, along with answers from AAD coding experts. Click through the coding questions to test your ICD-10 knowledge, and review common coding questions the Academy has received from its members.

Coding guide

As of Oct. 1, 2015, all diagnostic codes billed to insurers and/or transmitted between HIPAA-covered entities must be submitted in the ICD-10-CM format. It’s essential that chart documentation include the following data that will facilitate optimal diagnostic coding:

  • Laterality: Specify whether skin neoplastic lesions are located on the left or right side, such as: left upper eyelid, right ear, left arm, etc.
  • Specificity: Details of causation and type of an eruption may need to be specified. For example, if an eruption is caused by a drug, that may additionally have to be identified and coded.
  • Relevant comorbidities: Document conditions or disorders associated with a primary disease diagnosis, as these will likely have their own ICD-10 diagnostic code.        

The AAD has created a grid that allows members to identify ICD-10 codes for different body locations. The ICD-10 Quick Coder is available to members at no charge.

Click on the image to download a PDF of the ICD-10 Quick Coder.

Academy resources

In addition to the ICD-10 Member to Member Community  and the ICD-10 Quick Coder, the AAD offers several resources to help you successfully transition to ICD-10: