October 1, 2013 should be on the mind of every physician in the U.S. That is the day when a new diagnostic coding system will be instituted, the first such change since 2003. The implementation’s aftermath is predicted to be anywhere from a normal day at the office to financial Armageddon.
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“It is imperative that practices begin to think strategically and figure out what needs to be done and how to pay for it,” said Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CENTC, vice president of ICD-10 education and training for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
In January 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new standards for adoption of the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). ICD-10 CM (Clinical Modification) will be used in all health care settings. ICD-10 PCS (Procedure Coding System) is used only in the inpatient hospital setting. After October 1, 2013, the old ICD-9 codes will not be usable for billing in most health care settings.