Every year, in October you come face with new ICD-9 codes that you need to add to
your diagnosis arsenal. This time too it 鈥檚 no exception what with the new estasia,
congenital malformation, and body mass index (BMI) codes you 鈥檒 l need to know.
Here are some of the proposed changes that 鈥檒 l impact your cardiology practice so
that you are all geared up when the fall rolls around.
Your ectasia hunt will end at 447.7x
ICD 9 2011 adds four specific codes to aortic ectasia, which could be among the
most significant changes for cardiology coders. By Estasia we mean dilation or
enlargement and aortic ectasia often refers to an enlargement that is milder than an
aneurysm. However, ICD-9 2010 doesn 鈥檛 distinguish ectasia from aneurysm,
linking aortic ectasia to 441.9 and 441.5. The proposed 2011 codes are specific to
New corrected congenital malformations code
Some of the just-in codes deal with congenital malformations of the heart and
circulatory system. Code V13.65 will be very helpful to our practice.
The ICD-9 proposal has expanded the body mass index (BMI) codes to show higher
BMIs with five just-in codes. From October 1, you will stop using V85.4 and start
using more specific V codes in its place.
The advantage: BMI has become a key health tool and those codes will also provide
With just a few days to go for October 1, you will benefit a lot if you sign up for an
audio conference, more so as this CMS will not allow a grace period for using the
2011 diagnosis codes.
Such a conference will provide you with all possible updates pertaining to ICD 9
2011 changes not just for cardiology, but for every specialty 鈥?be it the new codes,
the revised ones or the deleted ones. Some audio conferences also offer you CEUs if
you sign up for one.