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With the recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement of a “grace period” related to ICD-10 coding specificity for Part B physician claims, there is a spotlight on unspecified ICD-10 codes.

But how much will health information management (HIM) leaders need to worry about unspecified codes? According to a recent review of more than 30,000 dual-coded inpatient and outpatient cases, coding and documentation review specialists will have plenty about which to worry.


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