Last October the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 went rather smoothly, similar to what happened during Y2K – no major glitches. Due to many hours of training most healthcare agencies were well-prepared to deal with over 69,000 codes instead of just a little over 14,000. However, just when you thought your agency was all set and had ICD-10 under control, more coding changes are looming on the horizon once again.
This October, 2,670 ICD-10-CM code changes are scheduled to take effect. The preliminary changes were posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website on March 22, with the final new codes being published in June. The breakdown for these news codes are 1,943 new ones, 422 revisions and 305 deletions. The top category affected is Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes with 885 new codes, 237 revisions and 123 deletions. So exactly where are all of these other code changes taking place? The chart below provides a more detailed overview of where you can find these changes as well as the number and types of changes that will occur on October 1, 2016.
Through webinars or onsite classes the experienced team at 5 Star Consultants trained hundreds of agencies on the transition to ICD-10 last year. In addition, our RN coders fulfill the coding needs of many agencies and continue to do so. Whether your agency is in need of training or coding fulfillment our team is always up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry. Turn to 5 Star and make the next 2,670 ICD-10 coding changes a non-event for your agency. We look forward to hearing from you!