ICD-10 Preperation, ICD-10 Strategies, ICD-10 News, and ICD-10 Implementation Resources ICD-10 Preperation, ICD-10 Strategies, ICD-10 News, and ICD-10 Implementation Resources


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  • 5 Steps To A Smooth ICD-10 Conversion

    Determined by the advent in healthcare technologies, the World Health Organization has brought out the updated ICD codes. These new codes encompass a wider range of diseases and their procedures, making it easier for doctors to implement them.

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Assessing The ICD-10 Aftermath

After being delayed three times in the past five years, ICD-10 is finally upon us. The industry is no longer fixated on the ICD-10 deadline but instead is shifting its focus to the impact the transition will have on healthcare in the U.S. Many, particularly physicians practices and small hospitals, are bracing for the worst. The biggest fear is that an avalanche of claims denials in the wake of ICD-10 will cause substantial disruptions in cash flow and revenue for these providers.

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ICD-10 is the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health problems (ICD). ICD is a medical classification list created by the World Health Organization (WHO). ICD allows more than 14,400 different codes which can be expanded to over 16,000 codes with sub-classifications. ICD-10 was completed in 1992.

The health systems of some 25 countries use ICD-10 for reimbursement and resource allocation, while some countries also made modifications to ICD and use their modified versions. The standard international version of ICD-10 is used for statistics and cause of death reporting in about 110 countries.

In the United States, ICD-10 implementation has been pushed back repeatedly, and in January of 2009 was pushed back to October 1, 2013. ICD-10's basic structure consists of 7 characters, 1-3 are the category of the disease, 4 is the etiology of the disease, 5 is the body part affected, 6 is the severity of the illness, and 7 is a placeholder used for extension of the code to increase specificity.

The difficulty with implementing ICD-10 is the need to update and replace existing software that is incompatible and the large amount of time required to train physicians, staff members, and administrators on the new codes. Practices will also have to update their paperwork and forms while changing or modifying any ICD-related policies and guidelines.