New ICD-10 Codes You Should Know in 2018

The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification or ICD-10-CM is a system used by healthcare providers to classify and code all symptoms, diagnoses, and procedures in the United States. Just like the healthcare industry is always changing, so are ICD-10 codes.

ICD-10 codes have been updated for the fiscal year 2018, which runs from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. There are now 363 new codes as well as 142 deletions, and 226 code revisions.

Here at Applied Medical Systems, our highly skilled medical billers and coders are up-to-date on the new ICD-10 codes for 2018. Let’s take a closer look at what some of them are.

Pediatrics

  • Code P29.3 or persistent fetal circulation is expanded to include fourth characters to allow the specification of persistent pulmonary hypertension of a newborn,P29.30 or other persistent fetal circulation such as delayed closure of the ductus arteriosus, P29.38.
  • R39.83 and R39.84 were added to report non-palpable testis.
  • R06.03 will now be used to report acute respiratory distress.
  • P83.81 was created to report umbilical granuloma while P83.88 will report bronze baby syndrome, urticaria neonatorum, and other conditions.

Optometry

  • More than 50 additions and revisions were made related to the codes for low vision and blindness.
  • There were over 20 additions and revisions related to degenerative myopia.
  • Two new codes were added to specify type 2 diabetes with ketoacidosis with coma and without coma.

Cardiology

  • Six new codes for pulmonary hypertension were added.
  • Specialty codes for advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology, medical toxicology, and hematorpoietic cell transplantation and cellular therapy were made.
  • New CAT 1 codes replace the total heart system CAT III codes 0051T-0053T.

Obstetrics

  • Additional codes have been added to the tubal and ovarian pregnancy codes in order to specify laterality.
  • New codes have been created to describe abnormalities of the fetal heart rate or rhythm.
  • Codes for antenatal screening have been expanded in order to include particular reasons for screening exams.

Contact Applied Medical Systems Today

It can be difficult to be on top of all of the changes to the ICD-10 codes. That’s where Applied Medical Systems comes in. Regardless of the type of practice you have, you can count on our medical billing and coding professionals to use the new ICD-10 while providing you with high quality services. Contact us today for more information how these changes may affect your practice.