ICD-10-CM Coding of Infections Following a Procedure for FY2019

by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA

The most challenging change for diagnosis coding in FY2019 is the large subject of infections following procedure. This change involves both obstetrical surgical wounds and all other surgical wounds; as well as sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock following procedures. In addition to new and updated codes in these areas, there are two guideline changes and multiple coding notes that each give small pieces of the guidance on these complex issues.

The codes for infections following a procedure have been expanded to include broad descriptions of the type of wound involved. Additional codes are used to identify any associated sepsis, severe sepsis, or septic shock, with the guidelines directing the sequencing and details of this code assignment. Also, be sure to review all coding notes found in the tabular regarding these new codes.

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About the Author

Lynn Kuehn is president of Kuehn Consulting, LLC, and a nationally recognized authority on ICD-10-PCS coding. Lynn was elected to the AHIMA Board of Directors, served as faculty for the original ICD-10 “Train-the-Trainers” program, and authored or co-authored several of AHIMA’s most popular books including ICD-10-PCS: An Applied Approach, recognized as the “go-to” resource for learning and mastering ICD-10-PCS. As a Subject Matter Expert with Libman Education, Lynn’s unique and engaging teaching methods as well as her leadership on the importance of accuracy and efficiency in coding is recognized by clients and students throughout the country.

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