Physicians Practice: Eight Ways ICD-9 Will Still Matter to Medical Practices

ICD-9 Legacy BooksSome industry professionals believe we won’t need ICD-9-CM books after the October 1, 2014, implementation of ICD-10. That is simply not true. The Chair of the AAPC Chapter Association board, Brenda Edwards, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, recently authored an article for Physicians Practice, outlining several reasons ICD-9-CM books should be kept, even after ICD-10 implementation.

Ms. Edwards points out “claims that are denied or require further review” will necessitate using an ICD-9-CM book to verify that the most specific code was submitted the first time. Another big reason to keep the ICD-9-CM book will be to deal with “claims that need to be filed that weren’t entered into the billing system before the code set change.” ICD-10-CM codes used on claims dated prior to October 1, 2014, will result in denials.

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One Response to “Physicians Practice: Eight Ways ICD-9 Will Still Matter to Medical Practices”

  1. Marcus says:

    Always hang onto your old CPT books and Diagnosis books for those odd random queries that will pop up years later. I just had an extensive peer review request on coding issues for an injury in 2009 and had to access the 2009 CPT book to determine if the billed codes were correct and the provided services were indeed medically necessary and properly documented according to rules in 2009.

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