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The importance of detailed documentation in ICD-10(Comments Off on The importance of detailed documentation in ICD-10)

August 1, 2015

Guidelines for transitioning to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), including information about clinical documentation implementation programs are provided in this month’s column.

ACS develops ICD-9 to ICD-10 crosswalk to assist in billing

To assist surgeons with the transition to ICD-10, the ACS has developed an ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM crosswalk of the most frequently reported general surgery diagnosis codes.

Frequently asked questions about coding for breast surgery

This column responds to some frequently asked coding questions related to breast cancer operations, sentinel node biopsy, ultrasound-guided core biopsies, excision with wires, intraoperative assessment of margins, and more.

Reporting patient safety indicator-15

The ACS has received comments from Fellows indicating that some hospital quality reporting departments continue to misunderstand how to correctly report patient safety indicator (PSI)-15. This column provides background and coding guidance to assist surgeons in working with their hospital staff on reporting PSI-15.

The Medicare program: Enrollment and participation options

This column answers questions surgeons may have regarding their enrollment and participation options in the Medicare program especially as the new year approaches.

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