This book used the Official Coding Guidelines effective October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. For the newest guidelines, see ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines Made Easy 2017. The Official Coding Guidelines for ICD-10-CM are dense, confusing and repetitive. In addition, guidelines related to a single body system may be located in multiple sections of the guidelines. It takes a lot of time to find the correct guideline and interpret it. This book has three benefits: 1) it combines all the guidelines for one body system or condition in one place; 2) it rewrites the guidelines into plain English; and 3) it presents the guidelines in easy-to-use tables. The tables provide information on definitions, sequencing requirements and need for additional codes. This enables the coder to find the needed guideline quickly and easily. This book is designed for use by students and as quick reference for coders working in the field.
About the Author
Terry Tropin, MSHAI, RHIA, CCS-P, is an AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. She has taught medical terminology and medical coding for over 20 years at a number of community colleges. These tables were developed as an aid to her students struggling to learn medical coding.