When it comes to ICD-9, only large-scale medical organizations, like hospitals, have typically experienced the wondrous benefits of coders. That might not be the case with ICD-10 as medical practices big and small are pondering the necessity of trained coders. Here’s why:
The first three characters of an ICD-10 code designate the category of the diagnosis. In this instance, the letter “S” designates that the diagnosis relates to “Injuries, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes related to single body regions.” “S,” used in conjunction with the numerals “8” and “6,” indicates that the diagnosis falls into the category of “Injury of muscle, fascia and tendon at lower leg.”
“ICD-10 is coming. ICD-10 is coming.” You might be tempted to turn away, go back to work, and ignore this Paul Revere-style warning. But that would be unwise. Sure, October 1, 2015, might seem far, far away, but we all know that time flies, and this ICD-10 implementation deadline will be here before we know it. So let’s put a big X on the calendar, and begin our countdown to preparedness. Today, we’re talking about the importance of ICD-10 testing.
By now you’ve already—hopefully—heard the news about the big ICD-10 transition that’s going down on October 1, 2015. But, if you’re like most US healthcare providers—about 75%, according to this article—you haven’t exactly stuck to the suggested preparatory timelines that CMS released a while back.
As we’ve stated in previous blog posts, the US will transition to ICD-10 codes on October 1, 2015—to some of you, that might seem like a quickly approaching date. Others might be wondering, “What’s the rush?” Know that it only seems hurried now because of pesky procrastination. To truly understand this, we must delve into the history of ICD-10.
So, you’ve got some questions about ICD-10. We don’t blame you. There’s a lot going on with the transition to these new diagnostic codes―which will occur October 1, 2015―and it’s best to be on your toes. That’s why we put together this handy-dandy list of questions―and, more importantly, answers―to help you stay on pointe.
Earlier this month, WebPT Co-Founder Heidi Jannenga, PT, discussed her key takeaways from June’s HIMSS ICD-10 Conference in Washington, DC. This massive change is quickly approaching, and it affects all of us. Thus, there is no time like the present to start your ICD-10 education. Here are the eight things you need to know now about ICD-10: