Upcoming Change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 Codes
As mandated by federal law, ICD-10 codes must be used on all HIPAA transactions starting October 2014. This includes diagnosis codes on outpatient and inpatient claims with dates of service (or discharge) on or after October 1, 2014.
This change is happening as a result of Meaningful Use initiative that aims to improve the delivery of health care by using Health Information Technology and assist in the transition of information exchange via national Electronic Medical Records.
Health care has changed greatly since ICD-9-CM was first published in 1979. ICD-10 coding – which has a similar format, structure, and code assignment as ICD-9 – uses 7th digit characters which allows for far greater specificity.
So what is your practice doing to prepare for this change? Have you spoken with your EHR (Electronic Health Record)/EMR (Electronic Medical Record) vendors, billing vendors, EDI Trading partners (ie, Emdeon, RelayHealth, XactiMed) or your larger medical payors? You may want to also visit www.dhmh.maryland.gov/icd10info or
http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/ProviderResources.html for additional information.