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141 New ICD-9 Codes Debut for 2010

Posted on 19. May, 2009 by in Provider News

Like a passel of fresh-faced debutantes, the new ICD-9 codes are introducing themselves to coders & billers. And we’re pleased as punch–mostly.

The class of 2010 makes its official debut on Oct. 1, 2009.

CMS will publish the full listing of ICD-9 codes in the May 22 Federal Register, but released the list early, offering a few surprises.

Most of the new codes will offer additional specificity to existing diseases, which can help you code more accurately. “Any time we get diagnosis codes that provide additional specificity, I think that is great,” says Marvel J, Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, ACS-PM, CHCO of MJH Consulting in Denver.

You’ll find new codes in most categories, ranging from oncology (such as the 209.31-209.36 series, Merkel cell carcinoma) to orthopedics (813.46-813.47, Torus fracture).

Marvel Hammer helps you end your pain ICD-9 coding misery, in 60 minutes flat.

However, orthopedic coders had hoped for a...

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