As we head into 2015, we find ourselves counting down to Oct. 1, 2015, which marks the first day ICD-10 will officially go into effect for medical groups nationwide. So far there is no sign of the deadline getting delayed, and the good news is that medical groups aren’t slowing down either. On Dec. 5, representatives from more than 5,000 health care organizations across the country sent a letter to the House and Senate leaders urging them to avoid any further ICD-10 delays.
The degree of specificity that the new codes incorporate is staggering; there is an ICD-10 code for getting struck by a turkey, if you ever find yourself in that situation. Medical groups already using a mobile charge capture system are ahead of the game when it comes to efficiently billing for patient encounters outside of the office. And with ICD-10, that’s about to pay off even more.
For pMD customers, the ICD-10 code transition is designed to be streamlined and painless. By starting with the practice-specific ICD-9 code lists that groups are already familiar with, customers can use pMD's ICD-10 Converter for the code conversions. The new ICD-10 codes are integrated into a custom ICD-9 + ICD-10 diagnosis list for each group to begin using immediately.
Health care providers can continue to search for diagnosis codes by the naming conventions they are familiar with, while also incorporating the additional specificity that ICD-10 requires. The resulting hybrid codes contain both the ICD-10 code and its ICD-9 equivalent, so billers can continue to bill with the ICD-9 codes until Oct. 1.
The most successful ICD-10 transitions will be by the organizations who are working with time on their side, preventing last-minute ICD-10 challenges and unnecessary gray hairs. Let us know if we can be helpful with your ICD-10 transition and make 2015 your best year yet!