Currently, the ICD-9-CM code set provides one diagnosis code for unspecified outer ear infection: 380.10.
ICD-10 change: Effective Oct. 1, 2015, you won’t have a single code for unspecified outer ear infections. Instead, ICD-10 will differentiate between specific types of problems and the affected ear. Codes for the different conditions will be:
Related codes specify infection affecting the left ear, right ear, or both ears. Once ICD-10 goes into effect, physicians will need to be more detailed in their documentation of outer ear infection. Unlike in the past, physician notes will need to specify type of condition the patient has and which ear is affected.
You’ll find the diagnoses like these in ICD-10 under Chapter 8, Diseases of the Ear Mastoid Process (unlike ICD-9, which puts them with nervous system disorders and sense organs). Go in-depth with coding examples during this presentation, led by expert Dorothy D. Steed. Highlight the coding guidelines you need to know.
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Who should attend? Medical Coders, Medical billers, revenue cycle professional , physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, claims follow-up, coding and billing managers
Dorothy D. Steed, CCS, CDIP, COC, CPCO, CPUM, CPUR, CPHM, CPMA, ACS-OP, CCS-P, RCC, RMC, CEMC, CPC-I, CFPC, PCS, FCS, CPAR, is an independent healthcare consultant and educator in Atlanta. She was a Medicare specialist for a large hospital system and a physician coding audit supervisor for another hospital system, with 40 years of experience in healthcare. Additionally, she is an instructor at a state technical college in...
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