October 1st has come and gone, which means the deadline to convert to the ICD-10 coding system has passed as well. Healthcare providers and physicians around the U.S. are now using the new ICD-10 code set, which holds 69,101 diagnosis codes and 71,957 procedure codes. For some, this new code set is causing stress because the ICD-9 coding system (which held 14,315 diagnosis codes and 3,838 procedure codes) has been in use for over 30 years— and many were more than comfortable with it.
Although it is a large change in the healthcare industry, this new coding system will be of great use for outcome and data study analyses. Getting to know the system and learning to use it properly will be impactful for future medical data collection in the United States.
The evolution of the healthcare industry and adaption to ICD-10 is making for many changes, stresses, and distractions for healthcare professionals. In addition to this and daily care for patients, some medical workers are also lending a hand with administrative tasks like helping with bills, paperwork, and claims. It may seem like a good system, but utilizing workers who are not specialized specifically in healthcare billing and administration can actually cause an organization time and money.Read More
Updating, upgrading, or replacing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system is no small task. It requires a solid understanding of all the "what-ifs" and "how-tos" necessary to effect a successful transition as well as a smooth transfer of crucial patient information.Read More
Physicians, hospitals and small medical practices are in a race to make sure they are in compliance with ICD-10 codes by October 1st, 2015. Switching their systems over has proven to be a bit more complex than anticipated. The reasons are that ICD-9 codes may have multiple mappings to much more specific ICD-10 codes or no mapping at all. The complexity of each system switch-over is different depending on the medical specialty, the codes normally used to provide services, and the type of office itself. Many providers are turning to special tools to help them make the switch, but in the end the usage of such tools will have to be customized to their particular practice.Read More