EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the final installment of a two-part series dealing with early signs of challenges facing physicians in their adoption of ICD-10.

Many physicians are confused as to when to report the seventh-character extension. Physicians are confusing CPT® guidelines with ICD-10 guidelines. CPT and ICD-10 are two different code sets. We report a CPT code to identify the service or procedure performed and the ICD-10-CM code to report all diagnoses affecting the patient encounter to support medical necessity.

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