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08/11/2017

BREAKING NEWS:

2018 ICD-10-CM Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines Released

 

ICD10 monitor announced today that the Official ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding and Reporting Guidelines for the 2018 fiscal year has been released.

The National Center for Health Statistics, via the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), has posted the guildelines on its website here:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/icd/10cmguidelines_fy2018_final.pdf

The time frame to which the guidelines apply to is October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.

When you do review the guidelines for this coming fiscal year, please note the following:

  • Narrative changes appear in bold text
  • Items underlined have been moved within the guidelines since the FY 2017 version
  • Italics are used to indicate revisions to heading changes

The conventions for ICD-10-CM are the general rules for use of the classification independent of the guidelines, and the remain 19 of these conventions, as in the FY 2017 guidelines.  Convention No. 15, "with", does have some revised narrative, so every coding professional should read this over carefully.

Happy Reading!