The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) earlier this month reconfirmed its plans to delay the implementation of the ICD-10 coding system for a year, from October 2013 to October 2014. The department previously announced it was delaying ICD-10 because of objections from TMA and others.
However, HHS did say it expects everyone eventually to begin using ICD-10. "All covered entities must transition to ICD-10 at the same time to ensure a smooth transition to the updated medical data code sets," it said. "Failure of any one industry segment to achieve compliance with ICD-10 would negatively impact all other industry segments and result in rejected claims and provider payment delays."
TMA advises you to begin preparing as if there is no delay so you will be ready whenever ICD-10 takes effect. TMA is your resource for all things ICD-10. Although the HHS decision prompted TMA to postpone all ICD-10 educational programs until the future of ICD-10 was determined, TMA will offer various training opportunities including live seminars, hands-on workshops, and live and on-demand webinars that will begin as a broad introduction to ICD-10 and will narrow in scope and topic as the deadline approaches.
TMA now offers an easy-to-use electronic ICD-9 to ICD-10 GEMs mapping software to help practices with the transition. The downloadable tool will help you quickly and easily identify which ICD-10 codes replace the ICD-9 codes your practice uses now. It allows you to:
- Search by code, code description, or key words;
- Create and save a "favorites" list of commonly used codes; and
- Develop and print quick reference lists.
TMA Practice Consulting is available for customized and private, on-site training programs, as well.
Action, April 17, 2012