ICD-10 One Year Away

 As of today, you have exactly one year to complete the transition from the ICD-9 to the ICD-10 system for coding your claims. Unless you begin using ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2014, your claims will not be paid. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mandated that physician practices, other practitioners, clearinghouses, and health plans use ICD-10, developed by the World Health Organization. But with more than five times the number of codes than ICD-9 and a completely different structure, ICD-10 requires extensive changes.  

The Texas Medical Association offers you many resources to make the switch. You can start by visiting TMA's ICD-10 resource page. The page features TMA'sComplete ICD-10 Implementation Solution. It walks your practice through every aspect of preparation, including policies, procedures, processes, relationships with other organizations, and technology. It comes with two licenses for SimpleSolutions Transition Software and instruction videos. The software can generate a medical practice's top 50 codes in a matter of minutes. It also allows you and your office staff to search ICD-9 and ICD-10 by code, description, and key word; create and save a list of commonly used codes; and develop and print quick-reference conversion lists. 

Also available is TMA's ICD-10Now! How and Why on-demand webinar. It offers a detailed look at everything you need to know and do to prepare for ICD-10.

The resource page also includes information on implementation timelines, ICD-10 facts and myths, and access to TMA'sICD-10 Video Vault

The TMA Knowledge Center Alert Service will keep you up to date with the newest articles and latest developments on ICD-10 and other health care topics. TMA Knowledge Center staff have created custom searches on ICD-10 and many other topics set to run each week. The results of these searches are emailed directly to you, or you can pick them up via RSS feed. TMA Knowledge Center alerts provide citations and abstracts along with some full-text access. Log on to www.texmed.org/alerts and select "ICD-10 via email" or "ICD-10 via RSS" to sign up.

For more information on the ICD-10 transition and how to prepare, see "One Year to Go" in the October issue of  Texas Medicine.  


Action, Oct. 1, 2013


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