ICD-10 implementation has come and gone, and the healthcare community is now getting familiar with the first set of updates to the new coding system. While most everyone agrees that the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 was smooth and successful, it’s time to find out how the annual updates will play out.
ICD coding is split into two categories. The World Health Organization (WHO)’s ICD-10-CM covers “clinical modifications” that standardize classification of diagnoses for morbidity purposes. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is responsible for modifying the WHO’s codes for the United States.
NCHS’s ICD-10-CM included over 360 new codes, more than 250 revisions and almost 150 deletions – some of which were surprises once the final system was released. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2018 updates to the ICD-10-CM in June 2017.
ICD-10-PCS is the “procedural classification system” used only in hospital inpatient settings and is maintained and updated yearly by CMS. CMS’s 2017 updates to ICD-10-PCS for 2018, released in May 2017, include over 3,500 new codes, more than 1,800 revisions and almost 650 deletions.
For 2018, ICD-10-PCS now includes over 78,700 codes. CMS highlighted two areas in particular with noteworthy changes:
The updates to both ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS go to into effect on October 1, 2017 – will your practice and coders be ready?
Stay on top of this massive number of coding changes with AudioEducator’s specialty-specific ICD-10 audio conferences. Keeping you up-to-date with ICD-10 guidelines and coding requirements, our speakers help you master the intricate changes happening in your field or specialty with conferences aimed at anatomic-specific coding, laterality coding, inpatient hospital-specific coding and more.
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AudioEducator is also home to the annual Coding Updates Virtual Boot Camp, a three-day intensive program in December that includes preconference general sessions as well as a range of specialty-specific coding programs designed to get you in top shape for the coming year.
Our 2018 Coding Updates Virtual Boot Camp’s program will cover the following 10 specialties:
Also, be sure to check out the AudioEducator Blog, which features regular posts and updates on coding and billing topics.
We look forward to sharing our experts’ knowledge with the healthcare community and helping your practice implement key changes and prepare for coding success in 2018.
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