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Pain Management Coding Alert

ICD-10 Coding:

Focus on 4th Character, Mollify Migraine Coding Concerns

Here’s why character No. 4 is the linchpin to correct diagnosis choice. When you’re coding for your patient’s migraine headaches, ICD-10 offers a challenge ICD-9 did not: more choices for more specific migraine diagnoses. Benefit: More specific diagnoses could lead to more specific treatments, which might improve patient outcomes. There is a learning curve to mastering ICD-10 migraine coding, however. [...]


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