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: