ICD-10 to replace ICD-9 in October 2014February 28, 2013
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Although practitioners still have 20 months to prepare, it is important to accept the reality that ICD-9 will be replaced by ICD-10 and that the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline will not be extended.
Because the deadline is so far away, now is an excellent time to become an expert at using resources currently in place:
- ICD-9 for diagnosis coding and Current Procedural Terminology (Copyright, American Medical Association) for accurately choosing visit and procedure codes. Investing time and energy on current requirements will better prepare one for 2013’s challenges, including Medicare audits for medical records, Meaningful Use, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance.
Next January will be an excellent time to actively prepare for the implementation of ICD-10 in your practice.
In the meantime, watch AOA News for information to help keep this in perspective. Updates will focus on current and future challenges relative to medical records and coding.