November 25th, 2013

The Building Blocks of ICD-10 Coding: Medical Terminology

By Audrey Coaxum, CHI, CMCO, CMC, CMIS, CMOM, Faculty, Practice Management Institute

With ICD-10 implementation less than a year away, learning how to code effectively for the change is becoming even more important. The ICD-10 code set requires greater specificity, including:



  • 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?

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