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ICD-10-CM External Cause Codes Say It All These add-on codes add more detail to your claims. H idden within the elaborate ICD-10-CM coding system is a sys- tem of numerical shorthand that lets your coders tell the story behind a patient's injury or health condition. These add-on codes let you assign as many external cause codes as neces- sary to explain the patient's condition to the fullest extent possible. Though there is no national mandate requiring their use, certain pay- ers and state-based organizations require external cause codes, argu- ing that they're helpful in terms of injury research and evaluation of injury prevention strategies. There are 4 different types of external cause codes. Each code answers one of the following questions: How did the injury or condition happen? Where did it happen? What was the patient doing when it hap- pened? Was it intentional or unintentional? 4 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 1 6 Coding & Billing Robert Lathrop, CPC, CASCC • THE WHOLE STORY You can use external cause codes to add more detail to your claims to accurately describe patient injuries. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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