Ferocious Fracture Documentation for ICD–10

Margaret M. Maley, BSN, MS

With less than 1 year to go before implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD–10), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) suggests that practitioners focus on their documentation to identify gaps that need filling before the “go live” date of Oct. 1, 2014. This article drills down on deficiencies that could prove problematic when reporting the diagnoses for traumatic fractures using ICD–10.

Faced with the challenge of making these documentation requirements manageable and memorable for orthopaedic practices, the clever cats at Karen Zupko & Associates felt the need to unleash their feline creativity. To tame traumatic fracture documentation and make the process eminently memorable, meet LEO C. FAR, king of the fracture documentation jungle.

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