New ICD-10 Codes Take Effect Oct. 1 New diagnosis codes for some hearing- and speech-related conditions launch Oct. 1. The changes come after implementation of the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10)—effective a year ago—which includes major revisions to the previous version. The new hearing and speech codes are included in a recently released ... News in Brief
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New ICD-10 Codes Take Effect Oct. 1
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News in Brief   |   October 01, 2016
New ICD-10 Codes Take Effect Oct. 1
The ASHA Leader, October 2016, Vol. 21, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB1.21102016.8
The ASHA Leader, October 2016, Vol. 21, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB1.21102016.8
New diagnosis codes for some hearing- and speech-related conditions launch Oct. 1.
The changes come after implementation of the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10)—effective a year ago—which includes major revisions to the previous version. The new hearing and speech codes are included in a recently released update.
Audiologists have new codes related to conductive, sensorineural, or mixed conductive and sensorineural hearing loss—the H90.A series—that allow different types of hearing loss to be reported for each ear. This corrects a problem in the code set that forced audiologists to use less-specific codes because the available codes were only for patients with normal hearing in one ear.
There are also new codes that describe pulsatile tinnitus (H93.A series), a condition not found in previous code sets.
Speech-language pathologists will see a new code for social pragmatic communication disorder (F80.82). The most extensive changes, however, are to the I69 series for cognitive deficits following cerebrovascular disease. The revisions require clinicians to provide more detail about the type of cognitive disorder, with specific codes for attention and concentration deficit, memory deficit, visuospatial deficit and spatial neglect, psychomotor deficit, frontal lobe and executive function deficit, and cognitive social or emotional deficit.
Explore a detailed list of audiology code changes as well as speech-language pathology code changes. More information about the use of the codes will appear in the November Leader. Direct questions to ASHA’s health care economics and advocacy team, reimbursement@asha.org.
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