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General Surgery Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Wait for Oct. 1, 2013 for ICD-10

Question: I'm writing to find out whether many of your subscribers have started billing with ICD-10 codes, and if so, are claims successfully processing or are you receiving denials?Texas SubscriberAnswer: You should not be billing with ICD-10 yet. Payers will not begin accepting ICD-10 codes until Oct. 1, 2013.To prepare for ICD-10, you can "shadow code" your current claims to determine whether the documentation is sufficient to report conditions using ICD-10, and to test your ability to understand the code set. This means that you'll be randomly selecting claims and internally applying ICD-10 codes for your own edification -- but not to submit to payers. Once you identify physician documentation pitfalls and coder education issues using ICD-10, you'll have time to train staff for a smooth implementation when the time comes.Remember: The standard for diagnostic coding for services now through Sept. 30, 2013 remains as ICD-9. No other codes will be [...]

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