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ICD-10-CM lists codes exempt from POA reporting

TipsInpatient coders are used to assigning a present-on-admission (POA) indicator in ICD-9-CM. They will need to continue to assign POA indicators in ICD-10-CM.

The POA indicators remain the same, but ICD-10-CM includes a list of codes that are exempt from POA reporting. Many of them appear in the I69- and O09- series of codes. That makes sense since I69- codes are sequela from cerebral injuries and the O09 codes are used for supervision of pregnancy.

Many of the Q codes (congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities) are also exempt from POA reporting.

Coders will not need to report a POA indicator for many codes in the S chapter with a seventh character of D (subsequent encounter) and S (sequela).

You can download the complete list of codes exempt from POA reporting from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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Michelle A. Leppert About the Author: Michelle A. Leppert, CPC, is a senior managing editor for JustCoding provides coders, coding supervisors, and health information management (HIM) directors with educational resources to test their coding knowledge, employ correct coding guidelines, and stay abreast of CMS transmittals.

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