ICD-10 Neurology: What You Need to Know for 2014!

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Marvel J. Hammer, RN, BS, CPC, CCS-P, ACS-PM, CPCO
90 Minutes
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Practice Determining The Correct ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes In Common Neurologic Conditions

Neurology coders need to learn the detailed changes coming along with ICD-10-CM.  With the implementation date shifting from October 1, 2014 to October 1, 2015, the coders have ample time to learn the intricacies, as there is a whopping increase in diagnosis code from 14,000 in ICD-9 to more than 68,000 in ICD-10.

For neurologists, there are 18 different ICD-9 codes for various epileptic conditions, while the ICD-10 options increase to more than 40 different codes. An example of this added specificity is the diagnosis of Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.  In ICD-9, the diagnosis is reported with either of the two following “generic” codes:

  • 345.00 Generalized nonconvulsive epilepsy without mention of intractable epilepsy
  • 345.01 Generalized nonconvulsive epilepsy with intractable epilepsy

In contrast, ICD-10 provides neurologists increased specificity with the following coding options:

  • G40.811 Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, not intractable, with status epilepticus
  • G40.812 Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, not intractable, without status epilepticus
  • G40.813 Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, intractable, with status epilepticus
  • G40.814 Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, intractable, without status epilepticus

What term replaces “Late Effects” in ICD-10?  This is vital for neurologists that currently report codes in the 438 Late effects of Cerebrovascular disease ICD-9 category. Also, with some neurology diagnoses, the ICD-10 code structure will be drastically different from the earlier ICD-9 codes, with an immediate requirement of error-free documentation and selection.   

This session is intended to help you identify, understand and implement the ICD-10- CM transition for your neurology specialty, so you can begin considering the documentation and coding changes, and get ahead for the 2015 implementation.

Join expert speaker Marvel J Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, ACS-PM, CPCO, to commence your ICD-10 transition off to a strong start by grasping the proper use of ICD-10 code set and guidelines. She will focus on the organizational structural changes in regard to ICD-10, along with the changes in the mandated ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines applicable to neurologic diagnoses. For example, how do you determine which diagnosis code to report when your neurologist doesn’t specify whether effected extremity is dominant or non-dominant?

Session highlights:

  • What are the major differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 – especially as it applies to Neurology?
  • Understand the organizational and structural changes associated with ICD-10
  • Learn how to use “x” as a placeholder
  • Define and apply the appropriate 7th character extensions when required
  • Discover the top ICD-10 areas likely requiring documentation updates for Neurology providers
  • Understand the changes in the ICD-10 Guidelines that will likely have an impact on your neurology practice.
  • Practice determining the correct ICD-10 diagnosis codes in common neurologic conditions

Get answers to your questions in a Q&A session by the speaker to help you with the doubts and queries you may have.

Who should attend: Neurology & Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation specialties: providers, front & back office staff, practice manager and billing staff.

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About Our Speaker

Marvel J. Hammer - Neurology Coding Expert

Marvel J Hammer, RN, BS, CPC, CCS-P, ACS-PM, CPCO is an accomplished professional with considerable years of experience both in the business and medical fields. She is a coding, billing and compliance consultant and owner of MJH Consulting based in Denver, Colorado.

She provides medical coding and billing education, assistance with payer audits and performs compliance reviews for her clients. Marvel enjoys teaching providers and their...   More Info
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