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To double code or dual code?

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 8, 2015

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Are you currently dual coding to prepare for ICD-10 implementation? Or are you double coding? Do you know the difference?
 
When you dual code, you assign both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 codes to the same record at the same time. You don’t use crosswalks or general equivalence mapping, says Kathy DeVault, MSL, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer.
 
Kathy is a manager of HIM consulting services with UASI in Cincinnati and discussed the differences between dual coding and double coding during a June 1 webcast, “Dual Coding/CDI: Practical Steps to Advance your Facility’s ICD-10-CM/PCS Readiness.”
 
Double coding, on the other hand, involves coding the record twice for two different classifications or natively coding the record for ICD-10 after it has already been coded for ICD-9.
 
Want to know more? You can order an on-demand version of the webcast and listen at your leisure. You can also share the program with others at your facility. The June 1 program was the first in our summer Lunch and Learn ICD-10 series. We’re covering inpatient coding, outpatient coding, and clinical documentation improvement for ICD-10. Sign up for one, all, or any number in between today!
 
Can’t make it live? No problem. You’ll also get an on-demand version of the webcast to listen to later or share with your group.

This article originally appeared on
HCPro’s ICD-10 Trainer blog.



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