On October 1, most U.S. health care providers switched to a new system of classification for medical conditions and diagnoses – the 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases or ICD-10. Though everyone in the healthcare field has known that this change was on the horizon for many years news (including being delayed by an act of Congress several times), many providers are still not sure how their practices should best deal with almost 55,000 new codes for diagnosing patients.
We've officially made it through day one of the ICD-10 transition! As a follow up to our earlier post, 7 Hysterically Absurd ICD-10 Codes, here are 7 even more hysterically absurd ICD-10 codes:
As with many in the healthcare field, PhysAssist has been preparing for the implementation of the newest version of the International Classification of Diseases. The United States has used ICD-9 since 1979, and the newest version, ICD-10, is set to roll out on October 1, 2015. A key concept to this update is increased specificity in both documentation and diagnosis codes. ICD-9 has approximately 13,000 codes whereas ICD-10 has approximately 68,000.
Last week, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced a bill that would, once again, delay the implementation of the tenth iteration of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), the expansive set of billing and diagnosis codes that doctors and health care professionals use to complete their medical charting. The current system, ICD-9, contains about 13,000 codes, but the move to ICD-10, which is currently slated for October 1, 2015, will move the number of potential available codes up to over 68,000.
After the implementation of ICD-10 was delayed another year through the enactment of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to issue an interim final rule in the near future regarding the use of ICD-10.
While healthcare providers have been preparing to transition to ICD-10 by the October 1, 2014 deadline, the House of Representatives passed a bill today that would delay the ICD-10 transition until at least October 1, 2015.
Meaningful Use, PQRS reporting, and Core Measures: each one of these causes an increased documentation burden upon healthcare providers, as each program brings its own set of documentation requirements. Now, add to the mix ICD-10 compliance. With a looming compliance deadline of October 1, 2014, how are physicians going to shoulder this additional documentation burden? Scribes might be the answer.