As of October 1st, your outpatient claims will be expected to incorporate the new 2018 ICD0-10-CM code, which include 360 new, 142 deleted, and 226 revised codes going live.
Just like last year’s changes, many of the new codes provide more specificity to your diagnoses. This means you’ll need to work with your clinicians to ensure they are providing you with more detailed information to ensure you can the most accurate diagnosis code possible – if they want to be paid.
HHS and government agencies never really show the effect on you gearing up for these mandated code updates: desktops covered with new code manuals, doctors asking questions at a scheduling desk, and various provider employees wanting to tear their hair out. However, CMS does require that you use the MOST specific diagnosis possible – no exceptions. That’s the deal. New versatility in the code set means you’ll have to keep up – which can be hard unless you have some help.
You can get the help you need on how to successfully incorporate the new 2018 ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines by investing just an hour of your time. National coding and training expert, Kim Huey, MJ, CHC, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, CPCO, recorded her recent live training where she broke down exactly what you need to know to make sure you incorporate the 2018 diagnosis code changes successfully and as quickly and accurately as possible. You can read more about her session online: Capture All of the 2018 ICD-10-CM Code Changes