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Emergency Department Coding & Reimbursement Alert

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Look to “S” Series of ICD-10 for Disc Rupture

Question: Notes indicate that the ED physician saw a patient recovering from a traumatic rupture of the intervertebral disc. Notes indicate a level-three evaluation and management (E/M) service. How should I code this encounter under ICD-10? Texas Subscriber Answer: You’ll need more information on the exact location and nature of the rupture before adding an ICD-10 code to your ED [...]