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Urology Coder’s ICD-9 2010 Update

Posted on 27. Jul, 2009 by in Hot Coding Topics

Get Ready Now for Urinary Diversion, Renal Disease Dx Changes in October

In just a few months, you’ll be faced with more than 350 ICD-9 changes. If you don’t incorporate the changes into your coding that day, your practice could face denials and lost revenue. There are 311 new, 22 invalid, and 45 revised ICD-9 codesthat take effect on Oct. 1, 2009.

Every dollar – and every productivity hour – counts these days, so we’ve scoured the diagnosis code changes for you. Here are 3 changes urology coders need to understand in order to code properly after Oct. 1.

Incorporate New Pouch Codes

If your urologist uses the intestines for urinary diversion, there are two new ICD-9 diagnostic codes that you should pay attention to. “These two codes may relate to problems with urinary diversions such as an ileal conduit or abdominal pouches, the Kock, Indiana, or Miami pouches,” says Michael A....

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