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ICD 10 Coding Alert

Otolaryngology:
Report a More Detailed Diagnosis for Acute Swimmer's Ear

Your providers will need to document laterality beginning in October. With warm weather approaching, your otolaryngologist could begin seeing more patients because of swimmer’s ear, otherwise known as otitis externa. You previously reported the diagnosis with 380.12 (Acute swimmer’s ear). Other terms your provider might use for otitis externa include “beach ear” or “tank ear.”  ICD-10 update: You have more [...]


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