2019 ICD-10-CM updates will soon go into effect on October 1st. These changes will impact encounters for dates of service October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. It is imperative that your organization has up-to-date coding resources and a keen understanding of the changes that will impact your reimbursement! The new updates can also influence your organization’s MACRA quality reporting scores.

This year’s ICD-10-CM updates include 473 code changes (279 new codes, 51 deleted codes, and 143 code revisions).

Here are notable highlights of the 2019 updates:

  • Increased specificity to more accurately reflect Postpartum Depression and Puerperal Psychosis
  • Expansion of Codes for Eye/Eyelid Conditions
    • Eyelid cancers now contain laterality
  • Expansion of Codes for Acute Appendicitis
    • Severity of illness now specified for appendicitis – perforation, gangrene, peritonitis (10 new codes)
  • New codes to describe exploitation of children and adults
    • Psychological abuse
    • Bullying
    • Forced sexual exploitation
    • Forced labor exploitation
  • New codes to describe cannabis withdrawal
  • Increased specificity to more accurately depict postoperative infections
  • Increased specificity to capture the high risk nature of multiple pregnancy
  • Ability to capture severity of condition in patients with cholecystitis and cholangitis
  • Increased specificity for Muscular Dystrophy
  • Increased specificity for Urethral Strictures
  • Increased specificity in the Hyperlipidemia condition category

*Please note this list is not all-inclusive. For a comprehensive list of all 2019 ICD-10-CM changes, please CLICK HERE to visit the CMS website.

Contact RT Welter and Associates to learn more about ICD-10 assistance and how we can help your organization!