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.