By Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA
The FY2022 ICD-10-CM update contains new codes related to 35 different topics. Some of the new codes describe less common diagnoses but two new codes in particular could be used far more often than others.
The update contains several codes that I have been hoping for over the years. Esophageal polyps is one of them.
The FY2022 ICD-10-CM update solves the problem of what to do when the documentation identifies a hyperplastic polyp of the esophagus, not an adenomatous polyp.
Subcategory K22.8, Other specified diseases of the esophagus has been the correct code but the index and the encoder have not helped locate the code until now.
Subcategory K22.8 has been expanded to include specific codes for esophageal polyp and esophagogastric junction polyp. Along with these new codes comes the index entries I’ve been looking for in the past.
The search is over!
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