Otolaryngology Coding Alert

Discuss These Concerns Before Marking E876.5-E876.7


- Published on Fri, Sep 25, 2009

ICD-9 delivers a host of codes you may choose to never use.

Ever wonder if there's an ICD-9 code to turn to for a documented surgical mishap? A slew of E codes is in store for ICD-9 2010.

"There are some interesting ICD-9 2010 codes for mistakes added to E codes," notes Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CENTC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CHCC, president of CRN Healthcare Solutions in Tinton Falls, N.J. Before using these codes, beware of these pitfalls.

List E Code(s) Last

What are E codes? You should use them to describe external causes of injuries or accidents. You should never bill E codes as your primary code, and you should always list the E codes last. It may be necessary to assign more than one E code to fully explain each cause.

Report These Codes, Increase Risks

In ICD-9-CM 2010, you could solve the abovementioned surgical mishap [...]

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