Ask the experts: Coding conundrums solved

November 28, 2022
What your colleagues are asking about coding might help you.
What your colleagues are asking about coding might help you

The AOA’s coding experts offer guidance to support doctors and staff in providing the best possible patient care while ensuring accurate reimbursements are received.

Here are some of the latest questions posed to the experts and their answers.

Are there new ICD-10 coding guidelines for 2023?

Yes, the new guidelines for 2023 can be found on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website.

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What is the code for Bear Track retinal pigment?

The diagnosis code would be “Dystrophies primarily involving the retinal pigment epithelium (H35.54)”

Are cause of morbidity diagnosis codes required to be reported for Medicare?

No, there is no national requirement for mandatory ICD-10-CM external cause code reporting. Unless you are subject to a state-based external cause code reporting mandate or these codes are required by a particular payer, you are not required to report ICD-10-CM codes found in chapter 20 of the ICD-10-CM, External Causes of Morbidity.

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