Coding Tip: Getting Control of Root Operation Control

Since the implementation of ICD-10-PCS in 2015, yearly changes have been made regarding the definition of, and guidelines associated with, the root operation Control. This has caused coding professionals much confusion in determining whether to assign a procedure to root operation Control, to assign another root operation, or to not assign a procedure code at all.

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ICD-11: 3 Key Takeaways

On June 18, 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a preview of its new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). ICD-11 will be formally presented at the World Health Assembly on May 2019 for adoption by Member States, and will come into effect the 1st of January 2022. The advanced preview will allow countries to plan how to use the new version to prepare translations and train health professionals.

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Coding Tip: Reporting Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) in ICD-10-PCS

From a coding perspective, the IABP is not classified as a device such as the VAD’s. The IABP is not coded as a device within ICD-10-PCS and is coded with the root operation of “Assistance.” The ICD-10-PCS code for insertion of an IABP for continuous pumping would be 5A02210, Extracorporeal or Systemic Assistance, Physiologic Systems, Assistance, Cardiac, Continuous, Output, Balloon Pump.

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