ICD-10 is just about here. Are you ready?
Let the countdown begin. There are officially less than 30 days remaining until the United States transitions from ICD-9 to ICD-10 for the code set for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures.
In a letter addressed to "Medicare Providers" CMS said starting October 1, Medicare claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 will be accepted if they contain a valid ICD-10 code. According to CMS, "the Medicare claims processing systems will not have the capability to accept ICD-9 codes for dates of service after September 30, 2015 or accept claims that contain both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes."
While it's true CMS released guidance that allows additional flexibility in claims auditing quality reporting processes, ensuring you have a good understanding of the ICD-10 code set is a must.
To help your organization, we offer an ICD-10 Primer module and an ICD-10 CM module available in our course library.
- The ICD-10 Primer module provides an overview of ICD-10, structural differences of ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnoses, and more.
- The ICD-10 CM modules is a more in depth look at ICD-10 that gets into the nuts and bolts of ICD-10, including but not limited to: code structure, combination codes, the tabular list, conventions, abbreviations, punctuation, and more.
If you haven't already, we recommend any employee who is involved with the patient encounter, should take one or both of these modules. With ICD-10 "go-live" less than one month away, now would be a good time to access and take either module.
If you have any questions or would like more information about our ICD-10 course offering, please feel free to send us an email [email protected] or reach us by phone toll-free 855-427-0427.