Medical coders will need ICD-10 training as the October 1 start date approaches
Starting October 1, 2015, the ICD-10 will replace the ICD-9. The healthcare system in the United States has been gearing up for this transition, which will affect the reporting of healthcare information throughout the country.
The ICD-10 coding system is more modern than the current system. One of the major differences between the ICD-9 and the ICD-10 is the number of codes. There are about 13,000 codes in the ICD-9, whereas the new system has over 68,000 codes. This allows providers to be more precise in their coding. While the old codes included five positions, the new system has seven positions. The new system also contains more modern terminology that reflects today’s medical care practices.
Making the transition to ICD-10 marks an enormous change. For one, medical coding staff members need to be trained on the new system. Software will also need to be updated to the new system, and staff will need to be trained on using the software. Healthcare organizations are working to provide the necessary structural changes and staff development in order to be ready for the implementation on October 1.
Below are some useful resources for organizations and individuals who wish to learn more about the ICD-10.
ICD-10 Code Lookup
The ICD-10 Code Lookup allows you to enter either a code or a keyword. The search results provide the codes and the code descriptions. This service is provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
The CMS website has a section devoted to ICD-10. Most of the materials are written for the healthcare provider, to help prepare organizations for making the transition to ICD-10. There are Tools for Small practices, a Quick Start Guide, and additional provider resources.
The AAPC offers online trainings, boot camps, conference training, and other ways for healthcare providers to train their staff on how to use ICD-10. The organization also sells reference books such as the ICD-10-CM Complete Code Set and the ICD-10-PCS Complete Code Set.
The AHIMA website has a section on ICD-10, with special resources for coding professionals, clinicians, academics, and other stakeholders. The section for coding professionals explains AHIMA’s training opportunities and offers books and other resources to help professional coders prepare for the transition.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC provides information on the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, including important resources, trainings, and frequently asked questions. The CDC also provides the full listing of codes for ICD-CM.
The Medicaid website discusses the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, and offers a useful article on the ICD-10 Changes from ICD-9. This article helps to explain the bigger picture of why this change to the ICD-10 is so important.
As October 1, 2015 approaches, we hope these resources are useful to you as you navigate the changes that are on the way. While the transition is sure to have some bumps along the way, most practitioners agree that the ICD-10 code set is more modern than ICD-9 and is ultimately better for today’s practice of medicine.
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