AAPC: Review Anatomy and Physiology for Coding Fractures in Preparation for ICD-10

In an editorial for AAPC, Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CGSC, CPEDC, COBGC, CENTC, encouraged coders to brush up on anatomy and pathophysiology for coding fractures in preparation for ICD-10 implementation.

According to Ms. Buckholtz, traumatic fracture codes are found in chapter 19 of ICD-10-CM, "Injury, Poisoning and Certain Other Consequences of External Causes (S00-T98)." The chapter uses the S-section for coding different injuries related to single body regions, and the T-section for coding injuries to unspecified body regions.

Ms. Buckholtz urged providers and coders to refresh their knowledge of A&P for fracture coding by going through this material. "With working knowledge of anatomy and pathophysiology, you can appropriately assign codes in ICD-10," she said. "Refreshing your current skill set will be necessary so productivity will not suffer with ICD-10 implementation."

Read the AAPC editorial on A&P for coding fractures.

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