20 Apr Top 10 Things to know about ICD 10
Top 10 Things to know about ICD 10
ICD 10 is the new standard of medical coding that has replaced the old coding system known as ICD 9. With this upgrade, there are many new features and has the potential to create efficiency in the healthcare environment.
While the new features of ICD 10 do not make it a completely different system than ICD 9, they do attempt to fix some of the issues related to ICD 9 while also attempting to meet the needs of the medical community. Here are the top 10 things to know about the new ICD 10 coding system.
Number 1: There are Seven Code Sets
One of the most important things to know about the ICD 10 coding system is that there will now be seven codes sets instead of five. Five codes sets were the standard with ICD 9, but more code sets allow for more specific detail to be communicated between healthcare professionals.
Number 2: The ICD 10 Manual is Free Online
The manual containing the ICD 10 code sets is now available online, free of charge. This is vastly different from using a code book, which had to be purchased for your practice or company in order to correctly understand and utilize the coding system.
Number 3: ICD 10 is a Requirement
ICD 10 is required for healthcare companies and practices to use in their claim process after October 1, 2014. After this date, claims that use ICD 9, instead of ICD 10, will not be processed and will be rejected. This was implemented so that all medical billing companies and healthcare agencies will be on the same page when it comes to medical coding, and then there will be less chance for error or confusion.
Number 4: ICD 10 does not Replace CPT
ICD 10 codes do not effect or replace billing codes known as CPT codes. ICD 10 codes are strictly diagnosis codes, while CPT codes are procedure billing codes. While both of these codes go on a billing claim, ICD 10 does not change or effect CPT codes.
Number 5: There are More Available Codes
There is an increase in the number of codes that are available to healthcare professionals and medical companies. There are now 68,000 codes available in ICD 10, compared to the 13,000 codes that were available in ICD 9. This increase in codes will allow for a wider range of detail when categorizing a patient’s diagnosis and treatment.
Number 6: ICD 10 Utilizes the term “Laterally”
The term “laterally” has been implicated in the ICD 10 terminology codes. This means that diagnosis or the point in reference on a patient’s body, which can now be categorized by the term laterally.
Number 7: ICD 10 Provides Combination Codes
With the ICD 10 coding system, there are now codes that combine diagnoses and symptoms, called combination codes. This means that there is less need for multiple codes to classify a patient’s diagnosis along with their symptoms. It is possible to now used one code to describe it all.
Number 8: ICD 10 Uses Alphanumeric Characters
The codes used in ICD 10 now use alphanumeric characters in all seven code sets and positions. This is an upgrade from ICD 9, where alphanumeric characters were only used in the first code set and numeric characters were used in the remaining code sets.
Number 9: Obstetric Diagnoses coded by Trimester
In the ICD 10 coding system, codes categorizing obstetric diagnoses will be coded related to the patent’s pregnancy trimester. This is in comparison to ICD 9, where the coding was determined by the patient’s episode of care.
Number 10: ICD 10 Uses Modern, Universal Terminology
ICD 10 has created a shift towards modern and universal terminology in its codes. This improvement was introduced because of the outdated terms used in ICD 9. Modern terminology will make coding easier for healthcare professionals, as will the common terminology. This will lead to fewer errors when using codes to transport information about a patient’s condition to other facilities and even when dealing with medical billing companies.