The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, health insurers, providers and all HIPAA-covered entities made the transition from the ICD-9 diagnosis code set to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1, 2015.
This new diagnosis coding system is the standard for all healthcare financial transactions with dates of service on or after Oct. 1.
Transitioning to ICD-10 codes
Please keep the following in mind:
- Make sure that all paper materials created between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30, 2015 that require diagnosis coding information contain both ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnosis codes (including scripts for lab/diagnostic studies, radiology and therapy services) to account for appointments scheduled before and after the transition. We will not be able to “recode” your diagnosis in ICD-10 if an ICD-9 code is provided.
- Use the most specific ICD-10 code available to describe your patient’s condition at the time of referral. For example, please avoid codes that have unspecified laterality when laterality is known, such as: H66.90 – Otitis Media, Unspecified, Unspecified Ear.
Download webinar presentations
If you missed our ICD-10 transition webinars, you can download the presentations here.
Preparing for ICD-10: How the ICD-10 Transition Can Affect Your Practice Operations (June 23)
- Understand the current ICD-10 regulatory environment
- Clearly define the ICD-10 transition
- Compare ICD-9 vs. ICD-10 coding
- Learn how ICD-10 can affect your practice operations
- Explore guidelines for creating an action plan -How to avoid risky coding practices
ICD-10 Testing: Testing Your EHR, Practice Management System and Internal Processes for ICD-10 Readiness (July 14)
- Understand testing variables and procedures for addressing applications that store and use ICD content as part of their database and/or workflow
- Understand testing variables and procedures for interfaced or external exchange of information with clearinghouses and payers
- Planning a cutover process
- How to remediate paper tools and clinical note specificity
- How to mitigate lost productivity and external processes affected by ICD-10
We appreciate your continued support and look forward to continuing to partner with you to provide your patients with the highest level of care. With your assistance, we hope to avoid any potential referral, scheduling or registration delays as we join organizations across the country in making this important transition.
If you have any questions about ICD-10 implementation, please contact the ICD-10 Transition Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.