More than 5,500 new procedure and diagnosis codes will go into effect beginning in October 2016. What does this mean for HIM teams still feeling the effects of implementing the original 70,000-plus ICD-10 codes?
October 1, 2016, will mark the end of a one-year “grace period” that allowed unspecified ICD-10-CM codes on certain physician Medicare claims.
The fear and anxiety that grew in our industry over the ICD-10 transition was contagious; it spread across the United States, forcing organizations to react rather than strategically prepare.
There has been some confusion among coding professionals regarding interpretation of the coding guideline of “with.” There are 53 instances of “with” subterm conditions listed under the main term Diabetes.
On October 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will require greater specificity for claims filed in ICD-10-CM/PCS, and payers will either follow suit or, as some already are doing, lead the way. This has put focus back on physicians and the critical role they play in maximizing use of the new coding structure for improved patient care.
AHIMA recently responded to the comment period following the release of the 1,943 new ICD-10-CM codes and 3,651 ICD-10-PCS by the CDC and CMS, respectively.