The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released the 2019 ICD-10-CM code changes earlier this year. These codes are to be used from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. With hundreds of changing, preparing for the 2019 ICD-10-CM code updates can seem overwhelming. In this post, we'll cover some of the changes taking place and share our comprehensive ICD-10-CM code guide to help you navigate all of the coding changes.
What is Included in the 2019 ICD-10-CM code changes?
The (FY) 2019 ICD-10-CM code update includes new codes for depression and psychosis following childbirth, cannabis dependence and withdrawal, and factitious disorder to name a few.
Many of the new codes added are also external cause codes. These are used to describe exploitation of children and adults in the form of psychological abuse, forced exploitation, forced labor exploitation, or bullying and intimidation.
In our 2019 code guide, you'll also notice a high volume of new and revised codes for:
Preparing for the hundreds of code changes is made easier in our comprehensive guide where we list out all new, revised, and deleted codes for FY 2019.
Click here to download your copy of the 2019 ICD-10-CM code guide. Beyond understanding the code changes, you will also benefit from reviewing the Official 2019 Coding and Reporting Guideline Changes featured below.