Oct. 1, 2015 is the new implementation date for ICD-10.We are operating under the assumption that there will be no further delays in the transition from ICD-9 (International Classification of Diseases) to the much more detailed ICD-10.
On Feb. 1, 2015 the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health care held a hearing on ICD-10. The Chair of Energy and Commerce, Congressman Fred Upton and the Chairman of the Healthcare subcommittee, Joe Pitts both declared that they opposed a further delay in the ICD-10 implementation.
Currently, the SGR bill, where language was inserted last year to delay, is up again for discussion. There remains a possibility of attempts to add a delay here again, however, there is a much stronger effort across the country to educate legislators on ICD-10, the costs of further delay and the cons to delaying implementation.
A successful ICD-10 conversion is critical to Banner because without it, payments from providers could be interrupted. ICD-10, which offers more robust coding language, also will make it easier for providers to communicate with payers and other entities.
All Banner departments will be directly or indirectly affected by this federally required transition.
The number of diagnosis codes expands from 14,000 to 68,000 and procedure codes increases from 4,000 to nearly 87,000.
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