Did Your Hospital’s ICD-10 Transition Happen October 1?

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room-928653_1920Starting October 1, hospitals and other healthcare providers were supposed to switch to the ICD-10 insurance codes instead of using the ICD-9 insurance codes. Any services that were performed prior to October 1, 2015, should have been billed using the old ICD-9 codes, but any services that were performed by hospitals and other healthcare providers on October 1 or later should have been billed using the ICD-10 codes. The ICD-10 codes will be the appropriate codes to use for billing going forward.

The transition to ICD-10 may be complicated for some hospitals and other healthcare providers, especially because there are many new codes that exist under the ICD-10 that did not previously exist under the ICD-9. The expanded library of insurance codes is intended to provide much more specificity when it comes to determining what a patient is being treated for. The codes may also require hospitals to indicate whether the treatment is initial treatment or follow-up treatment.

If your hospital has not yet transitioned to ICD-10 or is having a difficult time making the transition, you should consider getting help from a consultant with experience. HealthTECH Resources can provide the assistance you need with the transition. Contact us today.

What are Hospitals Doing to Prepare for ICD-10?

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medical-563427_1280ICD-10 is in the process of becoming integrated with hospital revenue cycle operations. This means that hospitals need to be prepared for a substantial change in insurance coding with ICD-10, and they are doing three primary things to get ready for the new coding protocols.

One of the things hospitals are doing is trying to bring in FTE and contract coders, trainers, and auditors. This allows the hospitals to have people on-staff who can facilitate the integration of ICD-10. Other hospitals, instead, are choosing to outsource the entire project of transition to ICD-10 to outside experts. This means they do not need to have additional on-staff personnel with a full understanding of this complex issue. Finally, the third option is for hospitals to have their current Electronic Medical Records Provider (EMR) provide staff for all of the coding, auditing, and training needs.

Not every EMR provider, however, has the option to assist hospitals with coding. Instead, these hospitals can partner with solution providers, like HealthTECH Resources. We stand ready to provide assistance, so visit our site today to learn more about the ways in which we can help your hospital be prepared when the ICD-10 transition occurs.