Clinical Documentation Improvement and ICD-10: Are You Ready?
2015 Could Finally be the Year that ICD-10-CM/PCS is Implemented
The Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on February 11th, 2015 Examining ICD-10 Implementation. Committee members heard from several stakeholders as the latest implementation date is set for October 1, 2015. According to their website “The committee has been working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for several months to ensure this deadline is successfully met.” And Subcommittee chair Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) indicated in the hearing notice that “This hearing is an important opportunity to hear about the state of preparedness of all those involved and ensure that we are continuing to move forward in health care technology.”
At the close of this hearing Rep. Pitts ended by saying that there had been “excellent testimony, very informative, very important” and I believe that the October 1, 2015 implementation date might just happen. Though as we all know here in the south, predicting that this might happen is like our weathermen telling us to prepare for snow.
Not to stress out those of you that have been thankful for the past delays but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ICD-10-CM/PCS Transition page has posted a countdown and while writing this article it is only 224 days, 19 hours, 24 minutes and 56 seconds until implementation. So, are you ready?
For the Clinical Documentation Improvement Professional I want to provide you with a list of “did you know” changes occurring in ICD-10 to assist in your preparation and Physician education.
By no means is this table meant to be all inclusive of the changes coming. My hope is that this information will serve to “jump start” those that have been anticipating a perpetual delay to the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS.
Link to the Examining ICD-10 Implementation Hearing: http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/examining-icd-10-implementation
Article by Beth Cobb
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