Monday, August 17, 2015

CMS Posts New ICD-10 Clinical Content

CMS continues to post clinical content, common ICD-10 codes and coding vignettes for providers.  The latest is OB/ GYN, and it can be viewed here. 

One problem with some of CMS content in the past--they assumed that physicians understand documentation requirements, and all content tells physicians what to code for what disease.   The site has been beefed up, and there are Clinical Documentation tips now

I strongly recommend this site for clinicians and coders alike--coders and physicians must follow the same rules when coding--and all of those rules are based on clinical documentation and the ICD-10 Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, available free of charge on the National Center for Health Statistics website.  All other ICD-10 content is there as well at

Although the guidelines are long, physicians can read only those specialty specific guidelines that they normally treat, along with the section on Outpatient Coding (all physician coding uses the outpatient guidelines, regardless of where the services were rendered).

And remember, SCAN contracted providers can send coding questions to us at:

The SCAN Tools Team

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