10 Changes Coming With ICD-10

The ICD-10 changeover is a year away, and pundits are ramping up their rhetoric. True, there’s a lot of work to be done, but looking at the facts is always helpful. Here are 10 things that will be true starting October 1, 2014: Claims will be denied if they include an ICD-9 code.Because it already granted an extension, CMS has said there will be no grace period during the changeover. Any bills submitted after October 1, 2014 with ICD-9 codes...

ICD-10: Time to Start Dual Coding

With the ICD-10 changeover just about a year away, some practices are preparing to start dual coding their encounters. In other words, they’ll code each encounter in ICD-9 and ICD-10. (This contrasts with the similarly named double coding, in which forms are coded in ICD-9 at the time of the encounter and later translated into ICD-10). Obviously, there are labor and IT costs involved with dual coding. Your software must be set up to support ICD-10 codes, and coding times...