The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will be making ICD-10-CM code changes to 728 diagnosis codes that become effective October 1, 2017. This month, CMS released the 360 new codes, 226 revised codes and 142 deleted codes for patient encounters occurring from October 1, 2017 forward. Claims that have a service date of September 30, 2017, or earlier, must use the 2017 codes.
Stay Current with Coding Changes
The most important point is for providers and billers to stay current with coding changes. Your EHR and practice management software should provide automatic updates, and the best systems, such as MaximEyes software, have a keyword searchable database to help you find codes without knowing them by heart. However, a lot of these systems also allow you to save favorites—a time saver for sure, but also a potential headache when codes change.
Avoid Claim Delays
To avoid delays in claim processing or denied claims, your practice should set aside time to review any saved codes, add new codes to your favorites list, and review plans, assessments and documents that were mapped from old codes to new codes. Additionally, make sure to check with your industry associations for specific coding changes and resources. Expect to see regular coding updates come into effect every October going forward.
Maintain Consistent Cash Flow
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Industry Resources and Upcoming Webinar
- ICD-10 website (cms.gov)
- 2018 ICD-10-CM and GEMS (cms.gov)
- ICD-10-CM/PCS Frequently Asked Questions (cms.gov)
- ICD-10 codes, reference guides and more (aapc.com)
- Free medical coding references (ICD10Data.com)
- National Uniform Claim Committee (nucc.org, American Medical Association)
- Health Insurance Claim Form (nucc.org)
- Eye-Specific ICD-10-CM code changes (first-insight.com)