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Pay-per-view: Consider dual coding to prepare for ICD-10 transition

APCs Insider, December 7, 2012

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One of the interesting-and frequently mentioned-topics at the AHIMA National Convention October 1-3 in Chicago was the use of dual coding as a 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, says Donna Smith, RHIA, senior consultant with 3M. Double coding is a good way to start to get coders familiar with ICD-10.
Continue reading “Consider dual coding to prepare for ICD-10 transitionon HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the November issue.

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