On Oct. 1, not only will your ICD-10 grace period end, but you also will have 1,212 injury code changes to comply with. That means you have no time to procrastinate, and you must ensure you’re ready … or you could be facing hefty denials.
Almost every healthcare provider reports injury ICD-10 codes. And these are the first diagnosis code changes in four years … plus, this is the first time you, CMS and payers have had to make changes to ICD-10 codes since we started using them. So don’t let them trip you up.
The injury code changes break down into 852 additions, 247 revisions and 123 deletions. They represent significant alterations for how you will report:
- Facial injuries
- Salter Harris fractures
- Initial and subsequent visits
- Foot injuries
- Cardiac/vascular prosthetic devices, implants and grafts
- Neurostimulator implantation issues.
And that’s just the beginning. With your proper reimbursement riding on successful ICD-10 coding with no grace period buffer, you can’t afford to incorporate these injury code changes incorrectly.
To learn more the upcoming ICD-10 changes related to injury and trauma reporting, check out the Coding Leader online training, ICD-10-CM: Massive 2017 Injury Code Changes.