Countdown to ICD 10
North State Radiology is among the providers and hospitals across the nation working to prepare for the upcoming shift from ICD 9 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes to the new ICD 10 CPT codes effective October of this year. You can check out the current countdown to ICD 10 on the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) website.
How will ICD 10 affect patients? While patients might not directly see any immediate changes, there is expected to be a great improvement on patient outcome and public health tracking. It is also thought that ICD 10 will aid in decreasing errors in physician orders by adding much more detail, leaving less to be misinterpreted down the line.Examples of the enhancements made to the ICD-10-CM code set:
- It enables reporting of laterality (right vs. left designations), reflecting the importance of which side of the body or limb (e.g., left arm, left kidney, left eye) is the subject of the evaluation.
- It restructures reporting of obstetric diagnoses. In ICD-9-CM, the patient is classified by diagnosis in relation to the episode of care. In ICD-10-CM, the patient is classified by diagnosis in relation to the patient’s trimester of pregnancy.
Transitioning from ICD 9 to ICD 10 comes with many challenges and a wide learning curve. To help ease the impact on local physicians and medical offices, we will be hosting a an educational session for coders, office staff and providers. The sessions will be held from August 19th to the 23rd in Chico. Local offices can contact us to learn more about registering for the event, or use the code on their invitation to register via Eventbrite.
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