The transition to ICD-10 is one of the most daunting regulatory requirements ever imposed on physicians. Not only will the number of diagnosis codes dramatically increase from 16,000 ICD-9 codes to 68,000 ICD-10 codes, new formatting and documentation requirements will impact numerous medical office processes and personnel. While the compliance date for ICD-10 implementation of October 1, 2014 may seem far away, physicians are encouraged to start planning for ICD-10 and 5010 transition immediately.
ICD-10-CM/PCS (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System) consists of two parts:
ICD-10-CM is for use in all U.S. health care settings. Diagnosis coding under ICD-10-CM uses 3 to 7 digits instead of the 3 to 5 digits used with ICD-9-CM, but the format of the code sets is similar.
ICD-10-PCS is only for use in all U.S. inpatient hospital settings. ICD-10-PCS uses 7 alphanumeric digits instead of the 3 or 4 numeric digits used under ICD-9-CM procedure coding. Coding under ICD-10-PCS is much more specific and substantially different from ICD-9-CM procedure coding.
Who Needs to Transition
ICD-10 will affect diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding for all health providers covered by HIPAA. Everyone covered by HIPAA who transmits electronic claims must also switch to version 5010 transaction standards. The change to ICD-10 does not affect CPT coding for outpatient procedures.
ICD-10 diagnosis codes must be used for all health care services provided in the U.S. on or after October 1, 2013. Claims with ICD-9 codes for services provided on or after October 1, 2014 cannot be paid.
SFMS/CMA have partnered with AAPC, the nation’s largest medical training and credentialing association, to offer ICD-10 training to our members. Join us on December 5, from 12:15 pm to 1:45pm, for a free webinar about ICD-10 and how it will impact your practice. Topics covered include:
- Key differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10
- Scope of ICD-10 transition in a typical medical practice
- Key steps in planning a successful transition
- Resources to assist you
Click here to view the list of ICD-10 webinars/workshops available to members.
General ICD-10 Information
CMS-0013-P—HIPAA Administrative Simplification: Modification to Medical Data Code Set Standards to Adopt ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PMS
Transactions and Code Sets Regulations
ICD-10 Basics for Medical Practices
Talking To Your Vendors about ICD-10 and Version 5010 - Tips for Medical Practices
ICD-10 Transition FAQs