Glasgow Coma Scale Coding in ICD-10-CM: Change For FY 2021

A change took effect related to Glasgow coma scale coding in ICD-10-CM for FY 2021. This post has been updated to reflect the change. What is the Glasgow Coma Scale? The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is a scoring system used by medical practitioners to describe the level of consciousness in a person following a traumatic […]

Taking the Pain Out of Gunshot Wounds in ICD-10

Coding for gunshot wounds in ICD-10 begins with knowing that a gunshot wound is more than an “open wound.” What is a Gunshot Wound? Basically, a gunshot wound is physical trauma caused by a firearm. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines a firearm-related injury as “a gunshot wound or penetrating injury from a weapon […]

Master ICD-10-CM Codes by the Chapter Letters (FY 2021)

Did you know there is a way to master ICD-10-CM codes by the chapter letters? Obviously, there is no way to remember all of the codes in ICD-10-CM, especially since there are 72,616 of them. There is a strategy, however, that you can use that will get you into the right ballpark, so to speak? […]