A Delay for ICD-10 – Now What? – Review of Ophthalmology

A one-year delay in ICD-10 implementation brings up many questions for doctors and health-care organizations.

This article answers the following questions:

  • When did Congress announce the delay in ICD-10 implementation?
  • Was there also a delay in implementing the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1500 form that provides increased “space” for ICD-10 codes?
  • Will CMS continue to update ICD-10 files on its website?
  • Will new codes continue to be created?
  • Will CMS conduct additional front-end testing?
  • Was the March 2014 end-to-end testing successful?
  • Is it a worthwhile exercise to familiarize myself with the existing ICD-10-CM Manual?
  • Should I continue to train my staff during this delay?
  • Is there any value in practicing our ability to select an ICD-10 code?
  • Are some ophthalmic diseases coded differently in ICD-10 than ICD-9, and will this necessitate a change in my current documentation?
  • What other documentation changes should we consider making?
  • Should we wait on ICD-10 and begin to prepare for ICD-11?

This article was published in Review of Ophthalmology’s Medicare Q & A column, which is written by Corcoran’s Vice-President, Donna McCune, CCS-P, COE, CPMA. To view the entire article in Review of Ophthalmology, click on the link below:


See page 18.

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