Q: What is ICD-10?
International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes are alphanumeric designations that providers assign to every medical diagnosis and description of symptoms for patients. ICD-10 is the 10th updated edition of these codes and replaced the United States’ ICD-9 system.
Q: Why did we change to ICD-10?
There are multiple reasons for the update. The United States is the only country still using ICD-9, and upgrading to ICD-10 allows us to compare our healthcare data more accurately with other countries. The ICD-10 system provides more efficient data tracking to measure the quality and safety of care, faster claim reimbursement processing, and improved clinical, financial, and administrative performance.
Q: When was the initial ICD-10 deadline?
The Department of Health and Humans Services announced the compliance deadline was October 1, 2015.
Q: Is the switch to ICD-10 just for Medicare and Medicaid, or are other insurance companies changing too?
HIPAA mandates that all insurance plans in the United States make the transition to ICD-10.
Q: What type of training will providers and staff need for the ICD-10 transition?
Training needs vary for different organizations. For example, physician practice coders only need to learn ICD-10 diagnosis coding, while hospital coders need to learn the diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding. CMS and coding associations such as AAPC have resources to help providers transition to ICD-10 with new tools, information, and training opportunities.
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