ICD-10 Is Here: What You Need to Know Now – Review of Ophthalmology

After several years of delay, ICD-10 will be implemented on October 1, 2015. What does this mean for your practice?

This article answers the following questions:

  • Will there be another delay in implementation, or will the ICD-10 diagnosis coding system be required on October 1, 2015?
  • Is the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services confident that its systems are prepared to receive and process claims with ICD-10 codes beginning on October 1, 2015?
  • Will CMS provide any latitude with code selection due to the newness of these codes?
  • Will CMS penalize physicians who apply incorrect ICD-10 codes as they relate to the quality reporting programs?
  • Will CMS continue to update ICD-10 files on its website?
  • Some ophthalmic conditions that are coded per eye did not have a laterality designation in the 2015 ICD-10 manual. Will these change in 2016?
  • Will practices still relying on superbills or route slips be able to continue to use them after October 1, 2015?
  • Will CMS require the use of “external causes” codes on claims (e.g., V86.59xA – Driver of golf cart injured in non-traffic accident)
  • What other concessions is CMS making related to the implementation of 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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