New ICD-10 Codes - 4/1/2015 (California) (California)

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New ICD-10 Codes - 4/1/2015 (California) (California)

Postby on Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:22 am

Hi All,

I'm sure that not only are practitioners dreading implementation of ICD-10, effective 10/1/2015, but that claims folks are also dreading this conversion.

As an example, today, the ICD-9 code for "pain in limb" is 729.5. On 10/1/2015, that single ICD-9 code will explosively expand to over 30 different laterally specific ICD-10 codes:

ICD-10 Approximate Codes:

M79.601 Pain in right arm
M79.602 Pain in left arm
M79.603 Pain in arm, unspecified
M79.604 Pain in right leg
M79.605 Pain in left leg
M79.606 Pain in leg, unspecified
M79.609 Pain in unspecified limb
M79.621 Pain in right upper arm
M79.622 Pain in left upper arm
M79.629 Pain in unspecified upper arm
M79.631 Pain in right forearm
M79.632 Pain in left forearm
M79.639 Pain in unspecified forearm
M79.641 Pain in right hand
M79.642 Pain in left hand
M79.643 Pain in unspecified hand
M79.644 Pain in right finger(s)
M79.645 Pain in left finger(s)
M79.646 Pain in unspecified finger(s)
M79.651 Pain in right thigh
M79.652 Pain in left thigh
M79.659 Pain in unspecified thigh
M79.661 Pain in right lower leg
M79.662 Pain in left lower leg
M79.669 Pain in unspecified lower leg
M79.671 Pain in right foot
M79.672 Pain in left foot
M79.673 Pain in unspecified foot
M79.674 Pain in right toe(s)
M79.675 Pain in left toe(s)
M79.676 Pain in unspecified toe(s)

Today, of all days, announced that despite the promise that there would be no new ICD-10 codes added prior to 10/1/2015, there has been a new subset section of ICD-10 codes that has been added. Here is the announcement from findacode: ... nters.html

Here are the new ICD-10 codes added to Chapter 20: ... unters.pdf

Happy April Fool's Day,

York McGavin
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Re: New ICD-10 Codes - 4/1/2015 (California) (California)

Postby suekarp on Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:30 am

I have injured workers who would fit those diagnostic parameters!!
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Re: New ICD-10 Codes - 4/1/2015 (California) (California)

Postby LienExaminer on Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:47 am

you forgot one:
M79.660 pain in the butt
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Re: New ICD-10 Codes - 4/1/2015 (California) (California)

Postby psych74 on Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:23 am

The "Paranormal Encounters" ICD-10 codes were quite amusing, especially, "arenicolous."
Makes you wonder what the UR response would be if an RFA was filled out with one
of those codes; but, with an otherwise reasonable treatment request. ;)
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Re: New ICD-10 Codes - 4/1/2015 (California) (California)

Postby GROSSMANPLASTICSURGERY on Fri May 22, 2015 7:49 am

Won't we just use the unspecified option?
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