The fall of 2013 may seem a long way off, but when you are focused on day-to-day coding, you should begin thinking about the new code system, ICD-10, now. One thing which is of prime importance is getting your doctors ready for the change.
Get your doctors ready
Presently, CMS publishes about 14,000 ICD-9 codes and there will be over 69,000 ICD-10 codes. The additional codes will allow you to provide greater detail in describing diagnoses and procedures. As the new system will offer more specificity and require detailed documentation, you need to encourage your doctors to start being more detailed in their documentation.
ICD-10 will certainly need some improvement in physician documentation. The higher the quality of your documentation now, the easier it’ll be to stay away from unspecified codes and the faster you will find the spot on ICD-10 code.
Begin by speaking with your doctors now about improving their clinical documentation detail which will be the most vital peg aspect for them and should be started before the change.
One of the major concerns pertaining to ICD-10 is the increased number of codes making the new system impossible to use. However, that should not be the case. While your ophthalmologist’s documentation will need to be detailed and clear, the diagnosis code set will not be more difficult to use.
Good tidings: The rules for assigning ICD-10 codes, as they presently stand, are very similar to the rules for ICD-9. This means that even though the codes themselves will change dramatically, you’ll still follow the same process to determine what conditions to code.
For more tips on ways to make the ICD-10 conversion, sign up for a one-stop medical coding website. Such a site comes stocked with an ICD 10 Bridge tool and all the information you need to know to make the transition from ICD 9 to ICD 10.""