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Arm your coders with the technology to support ICD-10 readiness
This article is part of the Pulse issue of July 2013
The CMS has confirmed Oct. 1, 2014, as the date when the ICD-10-CM/PCS code sets will replace ICD-9-CM for reporting medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures. Every healthcare entity covered by HIPAA must make this transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS: no excuses, no pardons. Current Procedural Terminology coding for outpatient procedures and services is not affected by the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS. However, the new version of the electronic health care transactions standard (Version 5010 of the X12 standard that became effective Jan. 1, 2012) is essential to the use of ICD-10-CM/PCS codes. Claudia Tessier ICD-9-CM, developed in the 1970s, is outdated and can't provide the precise data about patient conditions and procedures that ICD-10-CM/PCS offers. Most countries quickly adopted ICD-10 after its release in 1990, with the United States being the last major holdout. Some of our delay can be attributed to the process of adapting ICD-10 to meet our specific healthcare needs and settings and creating ICD-10-CM/PCS. ICD-9 was developed...
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