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ICD-10 Coding for Injuries, Accidents, and Trauma

ICD-10 Coding for Injuries, Accidents, and Trauma

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Speaker: Nancy Maguire, ACS, PCS, FCS, HCS-D, CRT

Length 90-minutes

Have you heard the news?  Coding for injuries and trauma is the most complicated, difficult coding in ICD-10

ICD-10-CM for Diagnosis coding will be implemented on October 1, 2014! But, as Nancy Maguire says, "Coding is a career-long learning process, and if you prepare for ICD-10, you will succeed." 

Chapter 19, "Injury, Poisoning and Certain Other Consequences of External Causes" may not sound like a page turner, but if your practice treats any type of trauma, it is critical that you understand this chapter.  What makes it so much more difficult?  Here’s why:

  • Increased specificity in location of injury
  • Laterality
  • Use of 7th character
  • Placeholder codes
  • Sequencing
  • External cause codes (the source of all the fun in the popular press “Pecked by a Turkey”)

Many specialties treat trauma, major and minor. General Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Emergency Departments, Primary Care Practices and Urgent Care Centers. 

Listen to this practical 90-minute audio conference where Coding expert Nancy Maguire will get you and your team started with this overview of coding for injuries. Chapter 19 runs almost 200 pages in ICD-10, so further study will be needed.  But this will give a practice the basis for understanding these important coding concepts.

After listening you will understand:

  • Coding open wounds and fractures
  • Format and organization of Chapter 19
  • Understanding of code descriptors and the use of 7th Character:
  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes
  • Use of additional Code” note
  • Injuries, burns, poisoning, adverse effect, Terms
  • "Aftercare" coding of traumatic injury
  • 'S' and 'T' codes by body region and nature of injury
  • Coding open wounds and fractures
  • Status of healing
  • Importance of detail in physician documentation (A code is invalid if it is not coded to the full number of characters required)

BONUS:  Actual coding scenarios and case studies to illustrate the accurate assignment of ICD-10 code(s)

This transition will impact so many areas of your practice. You will have reimbursement delays. Are you prepared?  As you know, the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10-CM is mandated.  There are organizational, financial, and technological issues that need to be addressed and resolved.

Meet Our Expert Speaker:

Nancy MaGuireNancy Maguire ACS, PCS, FCS, HCS-D, CRTis a nationally renowned procedural and diagnostic coding instructor, boot camp trainer, and workshop leader. She is a highly-talented presenter who uses her knowledge and humor to reinforce the philosophy that coding can be fun! She has spent more than 30 years as a hands-on coder and has authored countless coding articles and presentations. In her expansive career, she has transitioned from nursing, to coding, to practice management, auditing and consulting.

Nancy served as Director of Coding and Reimbursement at UTMB in Galveston Texas for four years. She served the first two terms as president of AAPC in the early 1990s. Her expert guidance is guaranteed to help medical office professionals make the best decisions in their everyday jobs and a positive impact on their career. Her mission is to help the transition to ICD-10 diagnosis coding.

Nancy is the contributor to the monthy ICD-10 training modules in