Fiery Water Skis? There's an ICD-10 Code for That!

Over the course of your career, you've undoubtedly treated countless patients suffering from burns caused by their water skis catching fire. In the past, these all-too-frequent tragedies were complicated even more by the shortcomings of an outdated and ambiguous coding standard. No longer! You'll be happy to know the new ICD-10 coding system scheduled to take effect Oct. 1, 2014, will have an ICD-10 code for that.

In fact, it has three:

ICD-10 code set V91.07: Burn due to water-skis on fire:
V91.07xA…… Initial encounter
V91.07xD…… Subsequent encounter
V91.07xS……. Sequela

ICD-10 adds more 70,000 new codes to the mix, down to the most detailed specifics of circumstance and diagnosis, and payers are going to look for the most descriptive code available.

There is a chance ICD-10 will never happen. TMA is supporting legislation by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Houston) that would prevent the government from starting ICD-10. Representative Poe filed HR 1701, the "Cutting Costly Codes Act," on April 24. It also requires the Government Accountability Office to study ways to reduce the disruption switching from ICD-9 to ICD-10 would cause.

ICD-10 truly does start with physicians. It begins by familiarizing yourself with these new, much more specific codes, and documenting every patient interaction in a way that will allow your coding staff to easily and properly file. If the ICD-10 transition occurs, "burn to the left leg" will no longer cut it if the patient's water skis were aflame, and it may end up costing your practice a great deal in revenue.

TMA has developed many key ICD-10 resources to help you get started in your transition preparations:  

  • ICD-10 Now! How and Why 
    This three-hour seminar offers a detailed look at everything you and your staff need to know and do to prepare for ICD-10, and why it is absolutely imperative to begin the transition process now.
  • ICD-10 Transition Software
    This will help you quickly and easily identify which ICD-10 codes replace the ICD-9 codes your practice uses now. Watch a demo of the software in action.
  • ICD-10 Resource Center
    Stay up-to-date with the latest news, information, tools, videos, and resources. All things ICD-10 are in one place. Check back often for new content and information.
  • TMA ICD-10 Video Vault
    Video Q&As covering the ICD-10 transition, direct from industry experts.
  • ICD-10 Starts With Physicians
    An on-demand webinar that highlights the five phases of the ICD-10 transition, looks at the ICD-10 code structure, and addresses how ICD-10 will impact your practice. It's a great, quick way to get started.

Action, May 1, 2013


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