Magazine article Medical Economics

Icd-10 Delay: Use Extra Time to Ensure Your Practice Is Ready

Magazine article Medical Economics

Icd-10 Delay: Use Extra Time to Ensure Your Practice Is Ready

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Coding Insights

In some ways, the implementation delay for the International Classification of Diseases-10th Revision (ICD-10) is a welcome relief for practices not ready for the transition. But now that ICD-10 has been delayed until October 1, 2015, practices must use the extra time to prepare, both by training to use ICD-10 and continued use of ICD-9 for the next year.


implementing ICD-10 gives physician practices extra time to apply the principles to clinical documentation improvement.

The documentation principles of ICD-10 reflect positive principles that should be applied to ICD-9 today to ensure the appropriate documentation of quality, severity, and risk. These are the key elements in incentive initiatives currently being offered by government and third-party payers when reported with diagnoses that support quality, severity, and risk.

Improved clinical documentation of diagnoses support incentive dollars. It also supports the higher levels of Current Procedural Terminology procedure and evaluation and management coding that practices currently use.

In addition to continued ICD-10 training, here are some things you can do now to position your practice to be ready for ICD-10 and the year ahead.

Be ready for ICD-9

Oddly enough, some partners in the payment chain won't be prepared to keep ICD-9 going after October 1,2014.

Reconfiguration is needed for groupers and pricers, and health plans need to make sure their systems accept ICD-9 codes. Some electronic health records (EHRs) may be hard-coded to accept only ICD-10 codes after the original implementation date, so check with your vendor. …

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