2019 ICD-10 Coding Changes for General Surgery

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Kim Garner-Huey, MJ, CHC, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, CPCO, COC
Conference Date
Tue, Aug 14, 2018
60 minutes
Product Description

Don’t Bust a Gut: Update Your Appendicitis Coding Know-How

The preliminary 2019 ICD-10-CM code list introduces approximately 500 diagnosis code changes—with well over 100 in the general surgery category. You have until October 1, 2018 to prepare, so start now!

In this in-depth audio presentation, coding and reimbursement consultant Kim Garner-Huey will walk you through the added, revised, and deleted ICD-10-CM codes for general surgery—such as the new and expanded code set for appendicitis, more-specific codes for capturing rectal abscess severity, and updated codes for cholangitis. She will discuss guideline changes and provide you with a diagnosis coding “tune-up” to ensure that your documentation and claims will maximize (rather than tank) your revenue in the coming year.

What’s new?  Many of the updated surgery codes for 2019 address nuances of disorders—from gall bladder perforation (K82.A2) and acute appendicitis (K35) to urethral stricture (N35) and fractures of the fingers (S62.6). There are added codes for infection of an obstetric surgical wound (O86.0) and horseshoe abscess (K61.31).

It’s imperative that you sharpen your understanding of what the documentation must say to support each ICD-10 surgery code—and paint a full patient diagnosis picture. Spend an hour gaining knowledge that will pay off all year long by maximizing reimbursement and clinical documentation improvement efforts.

Session Highlights

This expert session will teach you to:

  • K35: Apply the newly expanded code set for appendicitis
  • K82: Grab the right gall bladder code every time
  • N35: Unblock your confusion over urethral stricture codes
  • Capture the severity of rectal abscess with the K61 code set
  • Use specific codes for cholangitis (K83.0)—including changed combination codes
  • Ditch your old post-procedure infection codes and use the new T81.4 series instead
  • Avoid common errors in diagnosis documentation and surgery coding
  • And change your ICD-10 ways to maximize CDI efforts and satisfy MIPS

Who Should Attend

  • Surgeons/Providers
  • Surgery Coders
  • Surgery Billers
  • Surgery Office Managers and Administrators


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About Our Speaker

Kim Garner Huey - Health Care Management Expert

Kim Garner-Huey, MJ, CHC, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, CPCO, COC, is an independent coding and reimbursement consultant, providing audit, training and oversight of coding and reimbursement functions for physicians.

Kim completed three years of pre-medical education at the University of Alabama before she decided that she preferred the business side of medicine. She completed a bachelor’s degree in health care management and went on to...   More Info
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