ICD-10 Updates – Review of Ophthalmology

An overview of the recent updates for ICD-10, covering coding for wet and dry AMD and glaucoma.

This article addresses the following questions:

  • Will changes or updates be made to ICD-10 coding and, if so, when?
  • What type of changes can we expect when coding for glaucoma?
  • Will dry and wet age-related macular degeneration codes adopt laterality also?
  • How are the stage codes described for dry AMD?
  • Does the same approach apply to wet AMD?
  • Is there a definition of the various stages of AMD?
  • Were changes made to the diabetic combination codes?
  • Are there additional changes to the retinal disease section of ICD-10?
  • What types of changes were made to the instructions to provide more clarity?
  • Will we continue to see coding leniency from CMS as long as we are in the right “family” of codes?
  • What other possible issues are of concern for us with the implementation of these ICD-10 changes?

This article was published in Review of Ophthalmology’s Medicare Q & A column, which is written by Corcoran’s Vice-President, Donna McCune, CCS-P, COE, CPMA. To view the entire article in Review of Ophthalmology, click on the link below:


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