By Audrey Coaxum, CHI, CMCO, CMC, CMIS, CMOM, Faculty, Practice Management Institute
- A greater number of characters for each code
- Use of extensions
- Combination codes
- Codes for laterality (right side v. left side)
- More codes to describe post-procedural conditions
- New codes not classified in ICD-9 such as ones for drug underdosing, blood type and blood alcohol level
An important part of preparing for these updates is to have a solid understanding of medical terminology. It will be helpful to conduct a review of this foundational step in ICD-10 training for your staff to make sure everyone is on the same page.
To learn more about the different components of medical terminology you should review to prepare for ICD-10, download this free resource guide from Practice Management Institute, The Building Blocks of ICD-10 Coding: Medical Terminology.
Have you started reviewing medical terminology to help with ICD-10 preparations? What’s been helpful for you?