Practice Management: Are You Prepared for ICD-10 Implementation in 2015?
Implementing the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10), will be the most significant change to billing and reimbursement in the United States since HIPAA. The United States is among the very few industrialized nations still using the ICD-9 code set for diagnosis code reporting. That will change on October 1, 2015, when ICD-10 will be implemented in the United States.
All HIPAA-covered entities (including physician practices) will be required to use the new diagnosis codes. Currently, there are more than 79,000 ICD-10 diagnosis codes, approximately 65,000 more codes than currently exist in ICD-9.
ACOG’s Coding Workshops, held in every region of the country, are designed to help you prepare your practice for the October 1 implementation deadline. Each 2015 workshop includes the following four modules:
- Module I: E/M Services and Medicare’s Documentation Guidelines
- Module II: Gynecologic Surgical Coding
- Module III: Obstetric Coding
- Module IV: ICD-10 (Hands-On) Diagnosis Coding Practicum
Attendees may attend one or all of the workshop modules, based on their specific practice requirements. Diagnostic coding principles and guidelines in each workshop module are illustrated using only ICD-10-CM examples. However, workbooks for Modules I, II, and III contain ICD-10-CM to ICD-9-CM and ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM crosswalks since ICD-9-CM will remain the standard diagnosis code set until September 30, 2015. Every attendee will receive a current hard copy of the ICD-10-CM codebook as a take-home reference. The workshops include the most current information on coding and reimbursement updates, such as guidance on the new subset of modifiers associated with modifier 59 (distinct procedural service).
During this transition year, ACOG Coding Workshops will continue to focus on helping our providers to improve and clarify their documentation. ICD-10-CM is a more specific code set than ICD-9-CM. Documentation principles will be thoroughly reviewed during the workshops to ensure that attendees are able to recognize and record the detailed information required to select the appropriate code in the new code set. Discussions and case studies will demonstrate that “improved” documentation does not necessarily mean “increased” documentation.
Coding and reimbursement is continuously evolving, and providers need to stay current on coding changes to be appropriately reimbursed for their services. Come prepared to have your questions answered by our excellent speakers, staff, and extremely knowledgeable Coding Committee physician faculty.
For more information or to register, please visit our Web page.