Attend AOA’s ICD-10 coding webinar, Oct. 5

Be in the know: New ICD-10 codes effective Oct. 1

Changes are coming to ICD-10 diagnosis codes commonly used by optometry and the AOA has the latest information and resources to ready doctors for these imminent revisions.

"Only days remain before these updates take effect, so review the ICD-10 changes and take advantage of AOA’s coding resources."

Effective Oct. 1, these new ICD-10 changes reflect the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) desire for increased specificity and complexity with an overall 360 code additions, 250-plus code revisions and 142 code deletions-more than 80 updates, alone, related to conditions treated in optometric practices.

These changes are intended to allow medical practitioners  to more accurately capture the vision status of their patients, and allow for doctors to report the category of visual impairment that exists, as defined by the World Health Organization.

Review the ICD-10 changes below and take advantage of AOA's coding resources.

5 changes to take note

The AOA offers a detailed description of some of the significant code changes impacting optometric practices available here. Below are five general overviews from the Oct. 1 update. These changes affect coding for:

  1. Low vision and blindness. More than 50 ICD-10 additions and revisions are related to diagnosis codes for low vision and blindness.
  2. Degenerative myopia. More than 20 ICD-10 additions and revisions are related to degenerative myopia.
  3. Diabetes mellitus. Two new codes specify Type 2 diabetes with ketoacidosis with/without coma.
  4. Injuries of the optic tract and pathways, and visual cortex. Six new code revisions add specificity to existing diagnosis codes to denote "side" of the body rather than "eye" for injuries of the optic tract and pathways, and the visual cortex.
  5. Mental, behavioral and neurodevelopment disorders. New code additions and revisions are related to reading disorders and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Attend AOA's newest ICD-10 webinar

Be prepared for these newest ICD-10 updates and revisions by attending an upcoming AOA webinar that will provide doctors and staff with the latest information regarding these code changes.  

ICD-10 Updates! What ODs Need to Know!
8 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 5

Click here to register today, or search AOA's comprehensive online learning resource, EyeLearn, for more ICD-10 related coding webinars.   

Use the most up-to-date coding resources   

With ICD-10's increasing specificity and complexity each year, it's crucial to have a resource that optometric practices can turn to for guidance. That resource is the AOA's Codes for Optometry manual, a comprehensive reference guide that helps professionals learn how to make correct decisions when selecting diagnosis codes, code modifiers and Health Care Common Procedure Coding System codes and modifiers.  

Preorder the 2018 Codes for Optometry coding bundle today, complete with the AOA's coding manual, as well as the AOA Common Optometric ICD-10 Codes card, 2018 AMA CPT Professional Edition and a digital download of the Codes for Optometry.   

Have a coding question?  

Click here to contact AOA's Coding Experts, and click here to access AOA Coding Today, a comprehensive, online coding resource.

September 27, 2017

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