Knowledge of medical terms is even more vital with new Dx coding system.
Everybody’s getting ready for the switch to ICD-10, and knowledge is power for practices making the transition.
Check it out: The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Elsevier Revenue Cycle eLearning have posted FAQs on the most pressing ICD-10 topics. Take these points to heart when prepping for ICD-10, and look for more FAQs on this topic in future blog posts.
Q: Who has to use ICD-10 diagnosis codes?
A: Every insurer and healthcare provider covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) must use ICD-10 diagnosis codes, according to AHIMA. These codes are not just for use when you’re filing with Medicare or Medicaid.
Q: How will ICD-10 differ from ICD-9?
A: ICD-10 will add more than 100,000 new diagnosis and procedure codes, Elsevier reports. The new codes “will demand a high level of coder expertise in the areas of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and medical terminology,” Elsevier continues.
Q: What are the benefits of ICD-10?
A: ICD-10 data will lead to improved healthcare initiatives such as Meaningful Use, value-based purchasing, payment reform and quality reporting, according to AHIMA. Medicare and other insurers will use the new data culled from ICD-10 to “support research and public health reporting, and move to a payment system based on quality and outcomes,” AHIMA continues.
Q: What skills should I “brush up on” to prep for ICD-10?
A: According to Elsevier, providers that want an extra edge when ICD-10 arrives can prepare by studying: