New Guideline I.C.15.l.3 Drug use during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium, and New Codes for Chapter 16 Certain Conditions Originating in the Perinatal Period.
Background The World Health Organization (WHO) notes, “Use of alcohol, illicit drugs and other psychoactive substances during pregnancy can lead to multiple health and social problems for both mother and child, including miscarriage, stillbirth, low birthweight, prematurity, physical malformations and neurological damage.” Complete and accurate coding as well as application of the FY2019 Official Coding […]Read more
A completely new official coding guideline (“OCG”), not a revision, was added to Section I.B. General Coding Guidelines. The new guideline is titled “Coding for Healthcare Encounters in Hurricane Aftermath.” This new OCG has four components: I.B.19.a. Use of External Cause of Morbidity Codes I.B.19.b. Sequencing of External Causes of Morbidity Codes I.B.19.c. Other External […]Read more
Upgrades to Table 0SP and Table 0SR – New Device Character for Articulating Spacer and Revisions/Additions for Partial Knee Joint Procedures Enhance Reporting Capabilities
New ICD-10-PCS codes involving articulating joint spacers were requested and presented by representatives of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons at the March 8, 2018 ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting. Although articulating spacers are not new, without a device character to specifically identify its use, […]Read more