ICD-10 Introduces New CM Coding Standards – Review of Ophthalmology

The number of CM (Clinical Modification) codes has increased to allow for detailed tracking of signs and symptoms of disease.

This article answers the following questions:

  • Is the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) coding system used for purposes above and beyond reimbursement?
  • How long has the system been in place?
  • Is the ICD-10 version new?
  • When will ICD-10 be implemented in the United States?
  • Why is the ICD-9 system no longer adequate?
  • Is the number of code additions and changes significant?
  • What are some of the specific differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10?
  • Is there a particular change to ICD-10 codes that has increased the number of codes so dramatically?
  • Will I need to update my computer system to handle ICD-10 codes?
  • Will we continue to need both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes in our computer after October 13, 2013?
  • Will there be any helpful tools like a crosswalk guide from ICD-9 to ICD-10?
  • Will I be able to continue using a route slip or superbill to capture both procedure and ICD-10 codes?
  • What should I do now to begin to prepare for ICD-10?

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:



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