This course will present an overview of chapter-specific coding guidelines and helpful tips for proper code selection for congenital conditions. Throughout this course, the discussion will cover common congenital anomalies, also known as birth defects, which are a leading cause of infant mortality or long-term disabilities in the United States. The learner will discover that congenital anomalies or malformations can affect almost every body organ or system.



Lesson 1: Overview of Congenital Anomaly Coding

  • Recognize code categories in Chapter 17 of ICD-10-CM
  • Review coding guidelines

Lesson 2: Congenital Malformations of the Nervous System and Sense Organs

  • Assign a code for Arnold-Chiari syndrome with Spina bifida

Lesson 3: Congenital Malformations of the Circulatory and Respiratory Systems

  • Differentiate between patent ductus arteriosus and patent foramen ovale

Lesson 4: Congenital Anomalies of the Digestive and Genitourinary Systems

  • Assign a code for Meckel’s diverticulum
  • Differentiate between hypospadias and epispadias

Lesson 5: Musculoskeletal Malformations and other Congenital Conditions

  • Determine when to assign a code for fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Assign a code for Down syndrome

Target Audience

  • Facility Coders (inpatient/outpatient)
  • Professional Fee Coders
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement Professionals
  • Students

CE Credits

AHIMA This program has been approved for 1 continuing education unit for use in fulfilling the continued education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

AAPC This program has the prior approval of the American Academy for Professional Coders (AAPC) for 1 continuing education hour. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

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