For the last few decades, the U.S. healthcare system has primarily relied upon a set of codes, known as ICD-9 to report diagnoses. However, this system was replaced in 2015 by the ICD-10, or the International Classification of Diseases. While ICD-10’s codes contain crucial information about specific conditions, including symptoms, management, and treatment, they also play a key role in the billing process, as insurers regularly use these codes to classify conditions for the purpose of determining reimbursement.
Dysphasia, a language development disorder, falls under the purview of ICD-10 and so is also labeled with a specific code (dysphasia ICD-10), although the exact number depends on the type of dysphasia in question, as well as its cause. If you were diagnosed with ICD-10 dysphasia, require home healthcare services, and have questions about your eligibility for financial assistance, please contact a member of the United Energy Workers Healthcare team today.
The International Classification of Diseases
In the 1970s, the U.S. healthcare system started using an adapted version of the International Classification of Diseases when reporting diagnoses and symptoms and billing for healthcare services. It soon became clear, however, that the prior system, known as ICD-9 was outdated and failed to address a number of new conditions. For this reason, the U.S. officially began utilizing the updated ICD-10 system in 2015 (CDC/National Center for Health Statistics, 2019).
This new system, like its predecessor, provides healthcare professionals and insurers with a code (R47.02) that must be used in the diagnosis of and billing for dysphasia. However, this illness is also divided up into a series of subcategories, which also have their own individual codes. These categories are based on laboratory and clinical findings, as well as the signs and symptoms experienced by a specific patient.
Clinical Information for Dysphasia
According to the ICD-10 standards, dysphasia is a disorder that is characterized by the impairment of verbal communication skills and is often, though not always, the result of trauma-induced brain damage. This condition is also characterized by the impairment of language comprehension, use, or formation, or the impairment of verbal communication skills. Other common symptoms include:
- An inability to understand the speech of others;
- Difficulty differentiating certain sounds and words from each other;
- Difficulty reading or writing;
- Mixing up word order;
- Omitting small words, such as prepositions and articles; and
- Using nonsensical words.
Besides brain damage resulting from trauma, dysphasia has also been linked to infections, exposure to toxic materials, brain tumors, and certain neurodegenerative diseases.
Home Healthcare Services
Obtaining treatment for dysphasia can be expensive, as it often involves multiple therapies, including speech and language therapy, and in some cases, prescription medications. Fortunately, many individuals can receive reimbursement for these costs if they qualify for government benefits under RECA, EEOICPA, or Medicaid.
At United Energy Workers Healthcare, we provide cost free home healthcare services to qualifying beneficiaries. To this end, we employ home health aides and personal caregivers, as well as licensed registered nurses based on each patient’s needs. The former provides personal care, which includes assistance with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, and using the bathroom, as well as meal preparation and light housekeeping. Our registered nurses, on the other hand, are trained and licensed to administer medications and monitor patients’ reactions to medications and catch potential complications before they cause serious injury.
Our team’s experience and training also make us uniquely equipped to provide emotional support to patients and their families, while also providing the best possible medical care, so if you or a loved one are suffering from dysphasia and you have questions about whether you are eligible for free home healthcare services.
Call Today to Learn More About Our Free Home Healthcare Services
To speak with a member of the experienced home healthcare services team at United Energy Workers Healthcare about your own ICD-10 dysphasia diagnosis and your potential healthcare options, please call our main office at 888-298-8126 today. We have offices across the nation and so are well-placed to put you in contact with a home healthcare services provider in your area. In fact, we are actually in the process of expanding our services to additional locations, but even if we don’t currently have an office near you, please don’t hesitate to contact our headquarters and we’ll do our best to make arrangements that will enable you to receive the care you need.
ICD – ICD-10-CM – International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification. (n.d.). Retrieved October 15, 2019, from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd10cm.htm.