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Coders who wanted help reporting lung injuries associated with vaping can breathe easy. The CDC released information on the diagnosis codes that can be used for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) on Oct 17.

 
The CDC has posted the FY2020 ICD-CM final code changes, and the good news is there were no changes to the proposed list of 273 new, 30 revised and 21 invalidated codes that were released in the proposed inpatient hospital prospective payment system rule, April 23. 
 
All told, 273 codes are proposed to be added, 30 codes revised and 21 invalidated in the ICD-10-CM code set for fiscal year 2020. The code changes, once finalized, would take effect Oct. 1, 2019. CMS issued the proposed lists of new, revised and invalid codes April 23 in conjunction with the proposed inpatient hospital prospective payment system rule.
It may sound counterintuitive, but two patients who are attributed the same diagnosis during a patient encounter can have wildly divergent risk-adjustment coding scores.
When coding under a risk-adjustment paradigm, capturing the full range of a patient’s chronic conditions takes on elevated importance. That’s because your payments, and ultimately your coding compliance, may be impacted.

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