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Viral Diseases of Zoonotic Origin

The ICD-10-CM codes for the diseases discussed in this blog are found in ICD-10-CM Chapter 1: Certain Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (A00-B99) and Chapter 22: Codes for Special Purposes U00-U85) where the code U07.1 COVID-19 is located. Chapter 1 includes, “diseases generally recognized as communicable or transmissible.” Although we are not going to discuss the […]

Thrombolysis Using the EKOS™ System: A New Improvement for Treating Blood Clots

Background The topic, “Intravascular Ultrasound Assisted Thrombolysis” was brought up at the September 10, 2019 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting. The issue presented was that, at the time, no ICD-10-PCS code or code combination was available to fully describe intravascular ultrasound assisted thrombolysis with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA).  Here is the link to the meeting […]

Social Determinants of Health: Applying Knowledge to Improve Health and Advance Health Equity – Part 1

Introduction Social determinants of health (SDOH) can be defined as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. They include factors like socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care.” The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.  Note the examples in […]