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Date of Injury Required for use of ICD-10 "S" and "T" Codes?

Catherine Posted Wed 04th of November, 2015 16:24:52 PM

Our claim scrubber is kicking out claims for foreign bodies in ears and for fractures stating that a date of injury is required in order to bill these.

I have looked throughout the ICD-10 book and all over my local Medicare website and I can't find anywhere where it is stated that this is required only requested as additional information if we were able to capture it.

I'm not sure how I would even assign an accident or injury to a foreign body as it isn't an injury. Maybe an accident for loss of hearing aid dome in ear canal?

SuperCoder Answered Thu 05th of November, 2015 08:39:39 AM


There is no guideline for using date of injury is mandatory, but when your scrubber tool is requiring for date of injury, you need to put in it. There is no other solution. For date of injury, you can check patient's medical record or can consult with you physician.

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