Most medical practices require patients to have an online portal where they complete new patient forms and can access test results and their medical records. Sometimes, when reviewing the information contained in our medical records, we come across medical terms or coding that we may not understand. Some of this jargon may not mean much to us, but it is all important information. This article will briefly explain what some of this coding means so you may be able to better decipher your medical records.
What Is An ICD 10 Code?
ICD-10-CM codes are a series of diagnostic codes called The International Classification of Diseases and are maintained by the National Center for Health Statistics. These codes were created to describe a medical condition or disease an individual is experiencing.
These ICD 10 codes were designed to provide a more precise level of detail to describe classifications of morbidity and specific diagnostics.
This coding system was put into place in October 2015 to comply with HIPAA mandates. All covered entities including doctors, health care providers, clearinghouses, and payers must use these codes to be HIPAA compliant.
Why Were The ICD 10 Codes For Uterine Fibroids And Other Conditions Created?
The ICD 10 Coding system was created to provide language and code titles to work with accepted clinical practice. An initial coding system ICD-9-CM consisted of 13,000 codes. The ICD 10 coding system has over 68,000 codes that can be used to provide more detail about the quality of care.
The data that will be collected can be used to better understand complications and track the outcomes of care. These codes can also provide more specifics and detail to be used with clinical algorithms to help with future decision-making and outcomes research.
ICD 10 Codes For Uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow in and on the uterus. The specific cause of fibroids is unknown but it is known that they can grow quite large when exposed to excess estrogen. There are 4 different types of fibroids and they are classified by where they grow.
Uterine fibroids ICD 10 codes differ by the type of fibroid or condition of the uterus that is related to fibroids.
The following are the ICD-10 uterine fibroid codes with links to their descriptions that can be found using the ICD-10 database lookup.
- D25 Leiomyoma of the uterus
- D25.0 Submucous leiomyoma of the uterus
- D25.1 Intramural leiomyoma of the uterus
- D25.2 Subserosal leiomyoma of the uterus
- D25.9 Leiomyoma of the uterus, unspecified
Next time you take a look at your medical records you may have a better understanding of your exact diagnosis.