Good news for medical billing companies! The most anticipated ICD-10 is about to roll out in another 9 months, which will revive all the coding systems that are in use until now.
ICD-10 PCS and ICD-10 CM were initially adopted in February 2014 with an implementation date a year after. So, the time delay in the ICD-10 execution should not be a time to relax. It is to be a top priority for medical billing companies to build the ICD-10 Bridge.
The tenth revision of international classification of diseases was actually released by the World Health Organization in the year 1990, so that they could replace the age old ICD-9 that came out in 1979. However, the United States utilizes their version of health care codes, which is far more complex than the base codes released by the World Health Organization.
This is the case with both the procedural codes as well as the clinical modification. If they make a move from ICD 9 to ICD 10, then they will have to handle with an increased number of codes right from 17849 to 141747. The increase is nearly 700 percent.
The codes used in ICD 9 are quite different from ICD 10. So, MTBC has developed a tool that takes the codes used in ICD 9 and give the relevant code used in ICD 10. If the same procedure is been performed on a regular basis, the tool allows the user to select favorite codes.
Here is a comparison of what was in ICD 9 and what changes has been made to ICD 10. The ninth version had about 3824 procedural codes and 14025 diagnosis codes, meanwhile in ICD 10, there are about 71924 procedural codes and as many as 69823 diagnosis code. There are plenty of changes made to the codes as well. With the help of the tool developed by MTBC, it will be helpful for healthcare providers to make a move to ICD 10 smoothly.