In 2011, St. Mary’s began our journey to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. This is a major project for our Health System that you will be hearing much more about in the future. Please take time to read below for more details on the ICD-10 transition.
What is ICD-10?
ICD-10 stands for International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition. In a nutshell, ICD-10 is a diagnostic coding system implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO) to replace ICD-9. ICD codes are alphanumeric designations given to every diagnosis, description of symptoms and cause of death attributed to human beings. Our coding specialists at St. Mary’s use documentation from physicians to code each patient interaction with our Health System.
Why transition to ICD-10?
ICD-9 is almost 30 years old. There is no room to add new codes to keep pace with ever-changing classification of medical conditions and technological advances. ICD-10 incorporates much greater specificity and clinical information, which allows us to be more accurate in our reporting and tracking of quality metrics and enhances our ability to receive accurate reimbursement for services among other benefits. ICD-10 involves approximately 68,000 codes – a major increase from the 13,000 available codes in ICD-9. The flexibility for adding new codes means physician documentation must be very specific to improve coding accuracy.
When will we make the transition to ICD-10?
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has mandated that US hospitals and healthcare providers transition to ICD-10. However, the timeline has been under debate in recent months. The HHS recently passed a rule delaying the ICD-10 implementation deadline from October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014.
What is St. Mary’s doing to prepare?
We have been working on a project implementation roadmap and currently have 30 Coding, Compliance and Quality associates actively participating in ICD-10 coding training. Our ICD-10 Steering Committee and Operations Committees continue to meet on a regular basis. We are working with vendors of all our applications that use ICD codes to assess their readiness for the transition, and we are connecting with St. Vincent’s to share best practices and collaborate whenever possible. This cooperation with St. Vincent’s includes participating in each other’s steering committee meetings and working with the software vendor we have in common. We will continue to communicate with our associates and physicians on our progress and do everything we can to make this transition as seamless as possible.
Please utilize the resources below for more information about ICD-10.
ICD-10 Frequently Asked Questions
American Association of Professional Coders ICD-10 Website
American Health Information Management Association ICD-10 Newsletter
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American Health information Management Association ICD-10 Website
Centers for Disease Control ICD-10 Website
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ICD-10 Website
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