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