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Tip: Consider using dual coding to prepare for ICD-10

APCs Insider, December 21, 2012

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Dual coding is one way to prepare for the transition to ICD-10. The idea is to have coders using both ICD-9 and ICD-10 at the same time so they can practice their ICD-10 coding without impacting the bottom line.

There are two ways to perform dual coding. The first is to code a record using ICD-9, submit the claim, then go back and recode the same record using ICD-10. That's actually more like double coding. Double coding is a good way to start to get coders familiar with ICD-10.

 

The second method is to code a record concurrently in ICD-9 and ICD-10. This may mean that getting a bill out takes longer because coders have to answer questions related to ICD-10 as they complete the record.
 
Each approach offers its own advantages and ­challenges, so organizations need to consider internal resources and expectations when determining which method to choose.
 
The tip is adapted from “Consider dual coding to prepare for ICD-10 transition” in the December Briefings on APCs.



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