It’s no secret that ICD-10-CM offers more codes and increased granularity of data for the coding of orthopedic diagnosis and procedures. And it’s also no secret that orthopedic dollars are critical to a hospital’s bottom line—including revenue from treating fractures. Therefore, shoring up orthopedic documentation and coding is a critical step in your ICD-10 journey.

During the 2013 HIMSS ICD-10 Symposium, orthopedics was identified as one of the top-three specialty areas within healthcare most impacted by ICD-10. And at the recent HIMSS  Media ICD-10 Leadership Forum, fractures were recognized to require more detailed documentation and greater code specificity. All these speakers were right.

From the very first treatment encounter, ICD-10 requires specific, exact documentation for the coding of orthopedic encounters. But there is a silver lining, especially for fractures.

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