As you know, the leaves aren’t the only things that will be changing this fall. ‘Tis the season for new codes! Come October 1, 2018, you’ll be expected to implement the 2019 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes changes—or face denials.
But you won’t have to go it alone. Consider AudioEducator your one-stop shop for the guidance you need to understand how this year’s ICD-10 changes will impact your coding & billing best practices—and to learn how to earn top reimbursement in 2019.
At AudioEducator, we present in-depth, how-to training by experts experienced in the intricacies of ICD-10 medical coding—in all specialties. Our instructors will walk you step-by-step through the additions, revisions, and deletions that matter most to your everyday work—whether you’re a healthcare provider, payer, auditor, or vendor.
We’ll teach you how to address:
Certain specialties will certainly see more changes than others. Expect the biggest diagnosis code change impact in Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Mental & Behavioral Health, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Neurology, Urology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, and Podiatry.
Come train with us—we’ll help you crack the codes!
The 2019 release of ICD-10 clinical modification (CM) codes introduces approximately 500 added, revised, and deleted codes. You’ll find the full list on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website on the ICD-10 page.
Stats: The number of changes in ICD-10 diagnosis codes has gone down in the last few years: There were approximately 850 changes in 2017 and more than 2500 in 2018. But even a handful of new or revised codes can wreak havoc with your office’s claims if you aren’t fully trained on what they mean and how to use them.
What’ at stake: It’s more important than ever to upgrade your ICD-10 coding strategies to tell the full patient story, including capturing co-morbidities. If you do, you’ll maximize clinical documentation improvement (CDI) efforts—as well as your success with Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPs) reimbursement. Payers of all types are increasingly requesting to view patient records before they’ll approve claims. So be sure you understand all the nuances of both old-hat codes and the new ones taking effect October 1, 2018!
The 2019 ICD-10 procedure coding system (PCS) codes are also effective from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. These are codes used in hospital inpatient settings. You’ll find the complete list on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) site.
Stats: The 2019 ICD-10-PSC includes 392 new codes, 8 revised codes, and 218 deleted codes—for a total of 78,881 codes (up from 78,705 in 2018).
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