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Hang on; we're getting ICD-10 updates

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
Hang on; we're getting ICD-10 updates

Remember last year when ICD-10 opponents insisted ICD-10 coding was out of date? They were right — kind of. The ICD-10-CM/PCS code sets haven't had major updates since Oct. 1, 2011, but that's going to change this year.

Now that U.S. healthcare is using ICD-10-CM/PCS codes, it can update and add to those code sets.These changes have been debated and planned for years.

So on Oct. 1, 2016, there will be about 1,900 new diagnosis codes and 3,651 new procedure codes. There also will b almost 500 revisions to the ICD-10-PCS codes.

    This is not music to the ears of everyone who moaned at the number of ICD-10 codes compared to ICD-9 codes. Hopefully that expansion has not proved as onerous as feared.

    But if the planned expansion this year (and there's another one planned for Oct. 1, 2017) is to go smoothly, then healthcare providers need to be prepared.  That means:

    • Remember how you handled ICD-9 updates.
    • Don't retire your ICD-10 champion.
    • Plan training for the new codes.
    • Contact your vendors, billing services and clearinghouses.
    • See if your medical societies and specialty groups offer any training and guidance.

    Unfortunately, ICD-10 implementation is an ongoing process. But what medical professional doesn't have to keep learning? The medical field is dynamic and updates are part of the career.