July 30, 2010
it’s coming whether you are ready or not!
ICD-10 is a
unique set of codes composed of alpha and
numeric characters that will completely replace
the current ICD-9 diagnostic codes every office
uses daily. Effective October 1, 2013, offices
will be expected to completely convert from the
current ICD-9 diagnosis codes to the new ICD-10
codes. The country will evolve from 17,000
diagnostic codes to 141,000 new codes. This is
over eight times the amount of codes we have
today! The implementation of ICD-10 is
predicted to be a very expensive and
time-consuming process. If you are not familiar
with ICD-10 or have not yet begun your
implementation plan, you should start today by
taking a look at your current claims processing
If you currently are doing your
billing in house, now is the time to consider
using an outside billing service. All medical
software systems will be required to have both
ICD-9 and ICD-10 capabilities for two years
after the implementation date. This means all
new software, support contracts and possibly
computer upgrades. Not to mention the amount of
time and money spent in training your entire
staff for the changes.
These are all costs you can avoid with an
established billing service like Advanced
Medical Consulting & Billing, Inc. (AMC&B).
If you are already using an
outside billing service, have you spoken with
them about their implementation plan? Is your
current billing service taking the necessary
steps to educate and prepare themselves?
If you are not sure,
now is the time to
consider if they are the right billing service
At AMC&B we are preparing
ourselves everyday for ICD-10 by reading the
latest articles, attending seminars, webinars
and audio conferences.
Our goal is to not only
prepare ourselves, but our doctors and staff as
well, for as minimal an impact as possible.
On our new website we have a link dedicated to
ICD-10. Here we will post any important
articles regarding the ICD-10 implementation and
sets of crossover diagnoses so that we can all
start familiarizing ourselves today! As
certified coders we will be required to complete
a proficiency exam on ICD-10 coding.
you want a team of certified coders handling
your claims through this implementation
process? You can make that happen by contacting
Patricia P. Wood, CPC