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3 character ICD 10 codes ok to use?
« on: October 19, 2015, 03:24:54 PM »
ICD -10 question.

I saw a recent ICD-10 presentation and the presenter indicated a valid and billable code in F chapter (mental health) includes 4-6 characters including the letter.
Soo...would that mean that we could not use F54 (Psychological and behavioral factors associated with disorders or diseases classified elsewhere). This is a code that has you report the underlying physical condition first. There are no more specific entries available for this code.

Thoughts on this one? Have you heard F chapter codes are only billable if they contain 4-6 characters?

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Re: 3 character ICD 10 codes ok to use?
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2015, 06:14:53 AM »
Codes in the ICD-10-CM code set can have three, four, five, six, or seven characters. Many three-character codes are used as headings for categories of codes. The first three characters of an ICD-10 code designate the category of the diagnosis.