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.
If you’re a proponent of the old, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, you might be a little reluctant to buy into all of this ICD-10 business. After all, you use ICD-9 now, and that seems to be working just fine. So why rock the boat? Well, there’s another old saying that goes something like, “You don’t know what you’re missing until you reach out and touch it.” In this case, those still clinging to ICD-9 are completely overlooking the benefits of the new code set—things like improved interoperability, data-sharing, outcomes, and ultimately, health care.
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: