ICD-9 2010 changes to add more specificity to codes
2010 ICD-9 codes, which went into effect on October 1, 2009, will certainly provide more specificity to your coding. There are new diagnoses codes which can help you code more accurately. But the revised code list doesn’t just add specificity to existing diseases. You may find that not all the new codes are located where you expect them to be. For instance don’t make any assumptions about where you’ll find Merkel cell for unknown primary cite.
But it’s important to note that using your ICD-9 index may prove more important than ever.
To give you an instance of the latest ICD-9 2010 change, here’s what you will get:
One group of new diagnosis codes ICD-9-2010 will introduce covers Merkel cell carcinoma, an aggressive neuroendocrine skin cancer that has roughly 1,500 new cases each year. That number is looking up and the new codes should help identify and track patients.
Merkel cell carcinoma tends to grow quickly and may metastasize at an early stage. Oncologists may use radiation to shrink the carcinoma, and radiation or chemotherapy to treat metastases.
You currently report 173.x (Other malignant neoplasm of skin) for Merkel cell but you’ll have more specific options in 2010. For instance:
209.31 — Merkel cell carcinoma of the face 209.32 — … of the scalp and neck
For more updates on the ICD-9 2010 changes, there are various online and offline sources to help you out. For ICD- 9 codes online, there are various one-stop medical coding websites, where you can head to and give more