Change how you report substance abuse, motor neuron conditions, & more
Your pain management practice faces plenty of ICD-10-CM changes that could impact how you code your cases effective Oct. 1. However many of the changes are more subtle and many of the descriptors for existing codes will expand for greater specificity.
We bring you an overview of the changes you’ll need to know so you don’t trip when the new ICD-10 premieres this autumn.
Incorporate 9 New Specific Substance Abuse Codes
Effective Oct. 1, you’ll be able to choose from these nine new ICD-10-CM codes when a patient is in remission from abuse of a variety of substances such as opioids, alcohol, cannabis, and nicotine: F10.11, F11.11, F12.11, F13.11, F14.11, F15.11, F16.11, F18.11, F19.11.
Substance abuse remission codes will now classify the severity of abuse as mild, moderate, or severe. These codes will now provide greater specificity, better data collection, and clinical accuracy of the patient’s diagnosis.
Look to More Specific Motor Neuron Conditions
You’ll find three new codes in the G12.2- diagnosis family. Primary lateral sclerosis now has its own code: G12.23. You will also have to use new codes for familial motor neuron disease (G12.24) and progressive spinal muscle atrophy (G12.25).
These new codes will also impact how you use the 2017 codes as you will now have more specific codes for motor neuron disease coding. ICD-10 also streamlines the other neuron disease codes by deleting “Progressive spinal muscle atrophy” from G12.21. As we’ve already mentioned, you’ll look to new code G12.25 for this condition once the changes are effective.
Don’t Overlook These Expanded Descriptors as Well
You’ll also find some enhanced descriptors in the F10-F19 section which will help you specify the location of your patient’s abuse issues. For instance, the code F13.21 has not changed on the surface, but you’ll find some notes below it which will help to paint a better picture of your patients struggling with substance abuse.
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