According to a recent survey by the Medical Group Management Association, less than 10 percent of physician practices are prepared for the upcoming ICD-10 implementation. This new method of coding diagnoses and hospital procedures mandated by CMS is slated to take effect on October 1. While codes change every year, the switch to ICD-10 is taking place because the current 30- year old system, ICD-9, is outdated, obsolete and inconsistent with current medical practices, according to CMS.
ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, version 10), represents a tremendous increase in complexity from the current ICD-9. The number of diagnostic codes will increase from nearly 14,000 to around 69,000 and procedure codes will jump from around 3,000 to roughly 87,000.
To help its members with the ICD-10 transition, an overview on the impact of ICD-10 regarding vascular surgery will be presented in a SVS ICD-10 vascular surgery webinar on April 1. This course is designed for vascular surgeons and their office staff, including practice managers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, surgery schedulers, coders, and others who seek the transition to the ICD-10 code sets for vascular surgery.
“ICD-10 readiness is critical for reimbursement,” said Carrie Bosela, RN, CPC, CPC-1, administrative director of the SVS Patient Safety Organization. “This SVS webinar will prepare participants for the most common vascular diagnoses by reviewing the crosswalk from ICD-9 to ICD-10. ”
Avoid payment issues and learn to code correctly with ICD-10 through this webinar. Sign up today; the cost is $125.