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A Complete Guide to the 2019 ICD-10-CM Code Updates

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 11, 2018

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:

  • Dermatology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neoplasm
  • Ophthalmology
  • Surgery



Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Coding

Kaitlyn Houseman
As the Marketing Specialist at GroupOne Health Source, Kaitlyn leverages the company's experience in revenue cycle management and healthcare IT to bri... read more
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