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Coding off of 2 Systems During Transition?

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    My main questions would be, just as offices must move back and forth between two systems when transitioning to new accounting/billing software, would coders be coding off of both systems ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM (or would the encoder software be redesigned to generate an automated crosswalk--if that is possible--sort of like approximate translation between two languages with disparate grammatical structures--- )
    for a period of at least one year during the months following (or even immediately prior to) the 2013 converson? I believe that will require a great deal of open-mindedness for change and flexibility on the part of the coders.

    Beth Hunt
    HIM/Coding Student (new graduate as of Summer 2009)
    Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA ONLINE H.I.M. program

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    I believe it will be up to the software you use whether they will write it so you can use ICD-9 and ICD-10.
    My guess most softwares will do one or the other, so any dates after October 2013 would be in one system and any dates before would be in another.

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    Charleston, South Carolina

    If you can, listen to the ICD-10 webcast from Thursday. I believe you can find this link under the ICD-10 link on the AAPC home page. It had a good discussion about this issue.
    Machelle Morningstar, CPC, COC, CEMC, COSC
    AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

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