Partial code freeze prompts concern about lingering problematic codes

The decision to implement a partial code freeze for ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS may not have come as a total surprise when the announcement was made in September. But James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, and Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CCDS, discuss several compelling concerns about codes that will presumably remain unchanged, particularly regarding stages of acute kidney injury, severity of coronary artery disease, and classifications of heart failure severity.

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