How to make a successful transition to ICD-10-CM

How to make a successful transition to ICD-10-CM

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ICD-10 implementation delayed to October 2015

A delay in ICD-10 implementation has been included as a provision in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, (HR 4302) which was passed by both the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate, and signed into law by President Obama. The new deadline for ICD-10 implementation is October 1, 2015.

The Academy is actively compiling information on new claims testing opportunities for members. In addition, in the coming weeks, the Academy will revise content in this section to help members prepare for the new implementation deadline.




Q: What changes can I expect when using the new ICD-10-CM codes?

A: ICD-10-CM is not just an update of ICD-9-CM codes. It is a restructuring of the diagnosis classification system with a significant increase in the number of codes, expanded code lengths, and narrative descriptions, allowing for greater granularity. Dermatology alone is moving from 9,000+ ICD-9-CM codes to more than 22,000+ codes in ICD-10-CM.

Q: When is the ICD-10-CM compliance deadline?

A: The compliance deadline for ICD-10-CM is Oct. 1, 2015. All Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-covered entities with transactions that have dates of service on or after Oct. 1, 2015 must be submitted using ICD-10-CM.

Q: What does ICD-10-CM compliance mean?

A: ICD-10-CM compliance means that all HIPAA-covered entities must implement ICD-10-CM for use in standard electronic transactions (including but not limited to claims) for health care services provided on or after Oct. 1, 2015.

Q: Who is affected by the transition to ICD-10? If I don’t deal with Medicare claims, will I have to transition?

A: Everyone covered by HIPAA must use ICD-10-CM starting Oct. 1, 2015. This includes health care providers and payers who do not deal with Medicare claims. Organizations that are not covered by HIPAA, but use ICD-9-CM codes should be aware that their coding may become obsolete if they do not transition to ICD-10-CM.

Q: What happens if I don’t switch to ICD-10-CM?

A: If you don’t transition to ICD-10-CM, all your claims for all health care services performed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, will not be processed, therefore risking claim denials.NOTE: Claims for services provided before Oct. 1, 2015, must use ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes.