2012年9月1日星期六

Neurology Coding - Diagnosis 348.8 is Invalid Now


The latest ICD-9 2010 changes went into effect on October 1 this year. Because of thisyou need to adjust the coding software that you use to reflect some new diagnosis codes for special neurological screenings.

Effective October 1, diagnosis 348.8 (other conditions of brain) has gotten the axe. However, ICD-9 2010 has brought forth a new fifth-digit replacement - 348.89. Since the descriptor remains the same, you'll be able to use it for the same circumstances as 348. 8.

What's more, coders previously reported V80.0 (Special screening for neurological, eye, and ear diseases; neurological conditions) along with the patient's symptoms such as 780.4 (dizziness and giddiness) or 784.0 (headache), before an MRI, MRA or another test to have a definitive diagnosis. You'll need to do away with V80.0 as the new ICD-9 codes have gone into effect. As per the changes, now you'll need to report:

* V80.01 --Special screening for traumatic brain injury

* V80.09 -- Special screening for other neurological conditions.

The replacements of V80.01 and V80.09 come with its own advantages, helping you tighten your reporting because they differentiate between screenings more specifically for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other neurological conditions. So if you code for any of the following specialties - radiology, neurology, family practice, etc. - you'll find these new codes helpful.

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