ICD-10 Update: April 27, 2015

Facts About ICD-10
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published some facts about ICD-10 intended to dispel myths and address common questions about the upcoming transition:

  1. The ICD-10 transition date is October 1, 2015 – The government, payers, and large providers alike have made a substantial investment in ICD-10. This cost will rise if the transition is delayed, and further ICD-10 delays will lead to an unnecessary rise in health care costs. Get ready now for ICD-10.
  2. You don’t have to use 68,000 codes – Your practice does not use all 13,000 diagnosis codes available in ICD-9. Nor will it be required to use the 68,000 codes that ICD-10 offers. As you do now, your practice will use a very small subset of the codes.
  3. You will use a similar process to look up ICD-10 codes that you use with ICD-9 – Increasing the number of diagnosis codes does not necessarily make ICD-10 harder to use. As with ICD-9, an alphabetic index and electronic tools are available to help you with code selection.
  4. Outpatient and office procedure codes aren’t changing – The transition to ICD-10 for diagnosis coding and inpatient procedure coding does not affect the use of CPT for outpatient and office coding. Your practice will continue to use CPT.

The secret to success will be to learn and understand what is changing so that your practice will be ready come October 1.

NCTracks ICD-10 Crosswalk
Find out what your ICD-10 codes will be by using the latest version of the NCTracks ICD-10 Crosswalk at http://ncmmis.ncdhhs.gov/icdxwalk.asp.

The ICD-10 codes in the crosswalk are the ones that will be used in NCTracks when we switch to ICD-10 codes on October 1. Remember, a few non-specific ICD-9 codes don’t crosswalk — not in our crosswalk nor the one created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

If you should enter a specific ICD-9 code and you don’t receive corresponding ICD-10 codes, let us know by emailing us at the Inbox below.

The NCTracks ICD-10 Inbox
You can send your ICD-10 questions and comments to NCTracks-Questioner@dhhs.nc.gov.  You will get an answer personally, and we will get an idea of the kind of information you need. The best will be shared with everyone. We’re all in this together.

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