Health Information Management

Tip: ICD-9 may not go away completely

APCs Insider, June 21, 2013

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Don't burn your ICD-9-CM Manual October 1, 2014. Not everyone is going to transition to ICD-10. Only HIPAA-covered entities are required to begin using the ICD-10 code sets. Non-covered entities can still use ICD-9 if they choose.

Those non-covered entities include workers' compensation and auto insurance carriers.
 
As a result, providers and payers may be using ICD-9 forever.
 
Providers need to talk with any workers' compensation or auto insurance carriers they do business with and find out whether those plans will be moving to ICD-10. If not, providers will have to determine whether to keep a dual-coding system in place or not accept patients from those carriers.
 
This tip is adapted from “Check out the view from the industry as ICD-10 implementation draws closer” in the June issue of Briefings on APCs.
 



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