2018 ICD-10 Updates
As a reminder, effective October 1, 2017, the 2018 ICD-10-CM updates are in effect (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018). Providers should be coding to the highest level of specificity per the 2018 ICD-10-CM updates. If an ICD code is entered that has been updated and/or now requires more specificity, suggestions for a more specific code will be displayed as shown below.
Example of previously valid code:
|Z36||Encounter for antenatal screening of mother|
Examples of 2018 valid codes within the Z36 category are:
|Z36.0||Encounter for antenatal screening for chromosomal anomalies|
|Z36.1||Encounter for antenatal screening for raised alphafetoprotein level|
|Z36.2||Encounter for other antenatal screening follow-up|
A complete list of the 2018 ICD-10-CM valid codes and code titles is posted on the CMS website at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2018-ICD-10-CM-and-GEMs.html.
ICD-10 Specificity Update
Effective October 1, 2016. Medicare ICD-10 flexibilities have expired. Providers should be coding to the highest level of specificity and also avoiding the use of unspecified ICD-10 codes whenever the clinical documentation supports a more detailed code. If you attempt to use unspecified codes when ordering via PathConnect the order with be rejected.
A complete list of the 2016 ICD-10-CM valid codes and code titles is posted on the CMS website at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2016-ICD-10-CM-and-GEMs.html.
If you have questions about how to code correctly using ICD-10, please visit the Provider Resources section of the CMS ICD-10 website.