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Pay per view: Outpatient coders not exempt from the FY 2009 ICD-9 code changes

APCs Insider, August 1, 2008

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More revisions may come by October

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released its annual ICD-9-CM code changes May 30 for fiscal year (FY) 2009. However, additional revisions may be made before CMS publishes the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule.

The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee suggested additional changes that CMS was unable to address before publishing the proposed rule. It is always a good idea to wait for the IPPS final rule before training your coding staff on the changes because it may include a laundry list of other new codes and revisions, says Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CPC, director of HIM/coding for HCPro, Inc., in Glen Allen, VA.

The pace of change shouldn?t surprise coders who have been anxiously awaiting ICD-10-CM. ?I think every year, the addition of new codes is attempting to bring the ICD-9-CM code set closer to transitioning to ICD-10-CM,? McCall says.

Click here to learn more about how the new ICD-9 codes will affect you. Briefings on APCs subscribers have free access to this article in the August issue via their online subscriptions.



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