ICD-10: No big deal—yet

Monday, November 23, 2015

ATLANTA – ICD-10 went live Oct. 1 and, while so far it has gone better than expected, industry consultant Mary Ellen Conway thinks that’s about to change.

“I think the fan’s going to hit in November,” said Conway, president of Capital Healthcare Group, during a session at Medtrade. That’s because many healthcare providers and systems often take 30 days to bill.

As with most CMS changes, attendees said they did what they could to prepare for the transition—for themselves and for their referral sources.

“We made sure we got out and did the education and training,” said one attendee. “It’s been a big help.”

Still, there have been early hiccups, attendees said.

“We have a lot coming in with ICD-10, but the documentation doesn’t match,” said one attendee.

One note Conway made: ICD-10 codes are billing codes. There’s no need for providers to collect new orders or documentation for patients already on service.

“As long as you can support the original claim, (it’s good),” she said.