The U.S. healthcare industry must upgrade from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1, 2015. There has been ample buildup to the ICD-10 implementation date, which has twice been delayed. Some healthcare providers aren't sweating the roughly 68,000 ICD-10 codes, because they've used that extra time to test their coding systems and train their employees. Other professionals, mainly physicians and small practices, aren't as eager to move from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes. If the jump from ICD-9 to ICD-10 doesn't go as planned, some physicians have stated they'll retire, rather than deal with the fallout.
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Nobody is expected to be perfect on Day 1 of ICD-10. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it will not deny claims submitted within a year after the ICD-10 implementation date, as long as a valid ICD-10 code from the proper code family is used. Follow @SearchHealthIT on Twitter and refresh this page throughout the first day of the ICD-10 era to keep up with the latest developments, and to get a feel for how the ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding changeover is going.
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