ICD-10 for Busy Physicians — Diabetes and CHF

March 28th, 2012 / By Rhonda Butler

As promised, I am going to talk about chronic conditions that are common enough that most physicians see patients who have them. And that means dealing with the documentation needs for coding the patient encounter in ICD-9 now and ICD-10 in the future. In this blog I am going to highlight the similarities and differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 documentation and coding needs for diabetes and congestive heart failure (CHF).

Diabetes coding will actually be easier and more efficient in ICD-10, which should translate into fewer queries from coders. There are two basic changes in ICD-10 diabetes classification:

  • No more coding and documentation hassles with uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Complex diabetes cases that required multiple ICD-9 codes can be coded with one ICD-10 code.

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Rhonda Butler is a Senior Clinical Research Analyst with 3M Health Information Systems.