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Orthopedic Coding Alert

ICD 10 Update:

Zero in on These Specifics For Neck of Femur Fractures

Best bet: Confirm side for closed fractures, side and type for open fractures. ICD-9 gives you options of one code each for closed and open fractures of the unspecified part of the neck of femur. With ICD-10 implementation, you will need your surgeon to be specific about the side of body, the fracture occured. In addition, for open fractures, which are incredibly rare at the hip, your surgeon will also need to confirm the type of the fracture. Use this ICD-10 walkthrough to assist you in assigning the correct femoral neck code, prior to the Oct. 2014 implementation deadline. In ICD-10: You will turn to category S72.00 for an unspecified fracture of the femoral neck. In this category of codes, there are 6th and 7th digits further which help you to select a code based on laterality and stage of encounter. A 6th digit is required to specify whether it [...]

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