Important Coding Updates

All of you currently working as medical billers and coders will no doubt find the following interesting…

As a part of the move to ICD-10, CMS has announced that there will be no new updates to ICD-9 in 2012.

The following are important dates related to diagnosis code updates as presented in the final rule:

  • October 1, 2011: Last regular update to ICD-9 (no new updates)
  • October 1, 2012: Limited upgrades to both ICD-9 and ICD-10 for new technologies and diseases
  • October 1, 2014: Resume regular updates  to ICD-10. There are no more planned ICD-9 updates.

The following link is provided for your reference:
http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD9ProviderDiagnosticCodes/Downloads/FY2013-FR-TABLE-6B-NEW-PROCEDURE-CODES.pdf

The implementation of ICD-10 has been subject to previous delays. In January 2009, the date was pushed back by two years, to October 1, 2013 rather than a prior proposal of October 1, 2011…

More at Important ICD-9 and ICD-10 Information | MediPro, Inc.

Staying up to date on your billing and coding protocols is critical to being able to do your job properly. Don't fall behind – the transition to ICD-10 will be a challenge indeed, as is echoed in this Tweet…

 

If you've been procrastinating, there's no time like the present to prepare for the upcoming updates!

 

 

 

 

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