Debunking ICD-10 Myths

In an age of urban legends and conspiracy theories, it’s no surprise that some have popped up about ICD-10, prompting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to post Medicare Learning Network (MLN) pages on “ICD-10-CM/PCS Myths and Facts.

Sadly, none are as intriguing as the urban myths we usually hear, but CMS feels too many people believe them at a time when ICD-10 is close to implementation.  CMS uses the document to quash misinformation that’s making the transition more difficult for providers, facilities, and coders.  Some of the information CMS wants you to know includes the following:

  • ICD-10-CM and PCS will be implemented on October 1, 2015.
  • State Medicaid programs will be required to use ICD-10.
  • ICD-10 was developed with significant clinical input.
  • ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS books will be available after implementation.
  • ICD-10 is current, having been updated several times since introduction.
  • ICD-10 won’t require unnecessary documentation when implemented as most of the necessary information is already the medical record.

There are plenty other truths in the MLN document that will help calm nerves and make the ICD-10 implementation a little easier to swallow.

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Brad Ericson

Brad Ericson

Publisher at AAPC
Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC, has been publisher for more than nine years. Before AAPC he was at Optum for 13 years and at Aetna Health Plans before that. He has been writing and publishing about healthcare since 1979. He received his Bachelor's in Journalism from Idaho State University and his Master's of Professional Communication degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.
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Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC, has been publisher for more than nine years. Before AAPC he was at Optum for 13 years and at Aetna Health Plans before that. He has been writing and publishing about healthcare since 1979. He received his Bachelor's in Journalism from Idaho State University and his Master's of Professional Communication degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.

One Response to “Debunking ICD-10 Myths”

  1. Carlos R Villalta MD says:

    Would like to add more myths I heard:

    1. That ICD 11 is coming so why bother with ICD 10.
    2. That SNOMED will replace ICD 10 so why bother

    ICD 11 will be expected to be delivered first draft by June 2017 will take years before it comes to be ICD…CM.; SO ICD 10 will be used.

    SNOMED is to enter Medical record and is not an output or statistical tool. If ICD is complicated with 97 Thousandth plus codes imagine SNOMED with about 320.000 terms how difficult will be.

    Thank you
    Dr Villalta

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