The switch to ICD-10: Are you ready?
Abstract: The switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 for diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding becomes a requirement on Oct. 1, 2013. Its greater coding detail enables better analysis of disease patterns and a wider variety of potential treatment outcomes that can improve care — and it will help physicians streamline claims submissions. But there’s much to do to prepare for it. As this article explains, the preparations should include setting up a transition team to work with third parties to create an implementation plan, to test the new system and to train staffers. A sidebar briefly notes that electronic claims must use the Version 5010 standards for electronic transactions.