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ICD-10 - It's closer than it seems.

Friday, March 21, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sheri Ryan
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On October 1, 2014, the ICD-9 codes sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets.  The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA).  Please note, the change to ICD-10 does not affect CPT coding for outpatient procedures and physician services.  Stay up to date on ICD-10! 

ICD-10 Captures Familiar Clinical Concepts.  Concepts that are new to ICD-10 are not new to clinicians, who are already documenting a patient's chart with more clinical information than an ICD-9 code can capture about Initial Encounter, Subsequent Encounter, or Sequelae; Acute or Chronic; Right or Left; Normal Healing, Delayed Healing, Nonunion or Malunion.  Many ICD-10 codes - more than one-third-are identical except for indicating laterality, or whether the right or left side of the body is affected.  The advantage of ICD-10 codes is that they enable clinicians to capture laterality and other concepts in a standardized way that supports data exchange and interoperability for a more efficient health care system.

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