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Radiology Coding Alert


568.0 and K66.0 Are Similar, But There's a Twist

News alert: The implementation date for the new code set is now official.Oct. 1, 2014, is your new official goal for your ICD-10 preparation and compliance timeline, according to CMS. To keep moving steadily toward being ready, continue reviewing the codes your practice is likely to use and take a thorough look at their accompanying guidelines. Case in point: Whether you're using ICD-9 or prepping for ICD-10, picking the proper peritoneal adhesion diagnosis code requires a careful look at the includes and excludes lists. Fortunately, if you master code selection for ICD-9, you'll be ready for ICD-10. Here's why.Female Pelvis and Gastrointestinal Don't CountICD-9's 568.0 (Peritoneal adhesions [postoperative] [postinfection]) finds its counterpart in ICD-10 code K66.0 (Peritoneal adhesions [postprocedural] [postinfection]).Both code sets agree on the description of the condition as "adhesive bands" or "adhesions (of)" the following sites:Abdominal (wall)DiaphragmIntestineMale pelvisMesentericOmentumStomach. Watch exclusions: ICD-9 and ICD-10 exclude similar conditions and direct [...]

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